Newly-appointed head coach of Abia Warriors Imama Amapakabo has said that his side’s objective for the 2020/21 Nigeria Professional Football League season is to get a continental ticket.
Ever since the appointment of the former Rangers coach, Abia Warriors has been very busy in the transfer market signing five players so far and Imama believes the new additions will help the team achieve their objective of getting a continental ticket.
‘Ever since they [Abia Warriors] gained promotion to the NPFL, they have been stable and produced some good seasons but they are yet to get a continental ticket. The management strongly believes that the time has come for them to get a continental ticket and challenge for the league and cup trophies.
‘I joined Abia Warriors because they look like a team that has ambition and I feel I can work with them. As you can see the club has moved ahead to boost their chances by signing quality players for the team and hopefully during the season we will meet our target.’ Imama told DiegwuSports
Abia Warriors have so far signed Vincent Edafe from Dakkada FC, Olorunleke Ojo from Sunshine Stars, Nzube Anaezemba from Lobi Stars, Markson Ojobo from Akwa United, Mustapha Jubreel from Mighty Jet, Dennis Kingsley from Odion Ighalo Academy, and Godwin Obaje from JS Kairouan.
With the acquisition of these new players, questions has once again been asked about the facilities of Abia Warriors especially the playing turf of the Umuahia Township Stadium.
There has been a lot of complaints from stakeholders on the state of the pitch and many have argued that the team will perform better if they had a better playing surface.
When asked whether there was a need for the playing surface of the Umuahia Township stadium to be changed so as to bring the best out of the team, Imama said the management of the club knows exactly what to do in other for the team to do well.
‘Everyone knows that right now in other to compete well and get results a team must have good facilities. Its the responsibility of the management of Abia Warriors to get us good facilities.
‘They know my philosophy and how I live to play and so I trust that they will do something about the facilities. Remember, its the way we lay our bed that we will lie.’ Imama told DiegwuSports
Abia Warriors like most NPFL sides have struggled to train because of the ban on Sports but Imama has revealed how he and his coaching staff has been keeping tabs with the squad.
‘This is indeed a very challenging and trying time because indeed we would love to have contact with our players but we have not been able because of the social distancing. What we have done is to organize virtual meetings where we hold fitness training sessions with our players.
‘Furthermore, we were able to organize players who stay close to each other to gather [not more than groups of three] and work together. This has helped them to still maintain some level of bonding.’
Imama Amapakabo who is aiming to win a second NPFL title after his 2016 exploits with Rangers, also expressed his content with the management of Abia Warriors. According to Imama, he believes the board will provide an enabling environment for him and his coaching staff to succeed.
‘Well everything was well documented and I believe in the club management led by Emeka Iyama. I believe they are gentlemen and will follow the terms and agreement of the contract. So far the working relationship has been wonderful and everyone is happy. I also trust that after the contract will elapse everyone will also be happy.’