Who are the Abia Warriors of Umuahia? The Abia Warriors Football Club is a first-tier soccer club based in Nigeria. The club is ranked highly among the 20 football clubs in the Nigerian Professional Football League. Where is the club located, and who are its owners? Dig in to find out more about the team's history, its players, team coach and more.
The Abia Warriors FC was formerly known as NEPA FC. The soccer club has grown in skill and talent over 19 years (as of 2022) since it was founded. The Nigeria Professional Football League classifies the club among its first tier league clubs.
Abia Warriors profile summary
- Full name: Abia Warriors Football Club
- Nickname: Abia Warriors
- Founded: 2003
- Colors: Red and white
- Federation: Nigeria Professional Football League
- Coach: Imama Amapakabo
- Captain: Austin Obaroakpo
- Assistant captain: Shedrack Asiegbu
- FIFA world ranking: 976 (as of 2022)
- Africa ranking: 106 (as of 2022)
- National ranking: 11 (as of 2022)
- Stadium: Umuahia Township Stadium
Abia Warriors Football Club's history
The club was founded in 2003 by the Abia State Government. Ten years after its birth, the club joined Nigeria's Professional Football League. According to the Professional Football League, the club has had a couple of name changes starting from the National Electric Power Authority to OUK Football Club and back to its current name.
The club is known for its transformative role in the lives of young talented footballers in the community. The Abia Warriors Academy trains young footballers in different age categories. The academy's graduates eventually advance to join the senior team or other teams in the league.
Some Abia Warriors FC's legends include the centre-forward Ndifkere Effiong and former national Olympics team defender Kingsley Chima Oluocha. Kingsley was also the team captain. He was better known to his teammates as the Penalty Specialist. Although he left active duty in 2020, he is credited for his role in the club's promotion to a first-tier club in the Nigerian league.
Ndifkere Effiong's profile summary
- Full name: Ndifkere Effiong Udo
- Date of birth: 15 August 1998
- Age: 24 years old (as of February 2022)
- Place of birth: Calabar, Nigeria
- Nationality: Nigeria
- Height in feet: 5'8"
- Height in centimetres: 173
- Position(s): centre-forward, Striker, Attacking midfield
- Current team(s): Al-Ahli Benghazi, Super Eagles
- Former teams: Abia Comets FC, Abia Warriors FC, Akwa United
Who owns the Abia Warriors FC?
The local state government of Umuahia started the soccer club to provide a platform for young talented footballers in the state. The club also receives sponsorship from the government.
Club chairman Imeka Inyama currently heads the Abia Warriors FC management. So, who is the coach of Abia Warriors FC? In 2020, the club management appointed seasoned coach Imama Amapakabo as the team's head coach. Imama has previously coached the senior and U23 teams of the Nigeria national football team. The Abia Warriors FC's net worth is well over $1 million.
Abia Warriors Football Club players
The current Abia Warriors FC's team captain is Austin Obaroakpo. Here is a list of the squad's players and their positions in the 21/22 season, according to transfermarkt.
- Ibrahim Pius
- Vincent Edafe
- Okiemute Odah
- Imeh Atobasi
- Udochukwu Anumudu
- Gabriel Innocent
- Emotan Cletus
- Clement Ogwu
- Godwin Obaje
- Shedrack Oghali
- Bello Lukman
- Anthony Okemmiri
- Dennis Kingsley
- Kalu Nweke
- Yakub Hameed
- Garando Tekena
- Victor Alegbe
- Mustafa Jubreel
- Nzube Anaezemba
- David Ogar
- Ajibola Adekele
- Daniel Wotlia
- Henry Udezuka
- Pius Samson
- Christian Samuel
The Abia Warriors' top players include top goal scorer Godwin Obaje. Godwin is ranked as one of the highest-rated league players because of his scoring skills. During his signing, the club's sporting director made the following remarks.
“He has proven pedigree of being an exceptional player and equally the best during his time in the league, down at Tunisia from where he staged a return back to the league, he has played for the National Team, and he is an exciting, dynamic talent. We are delighted to add his versatility and quality to the squad before the season begins.
Godwin Obaje's profile summary
- Full name: Godwin Obaje
- Date of birth: 12 March 1997
- Age: 25 as of 2022
- Place of birth: Kaduna, Nigeria
- Nationality: Nigeria
- Height in feet: 6'2''
- Height in centimetres: 188
- Position(s): Center-forward
- Current team: Abia Warriors
- Former teams: El Kanemi Warriors, FC Ifeanyi Ubah, JS Kairouan, Super Eagles
- Current market value: $112 000
- Net worth: Unknown.
Abia Warriors Football Club's achievements
According to FootballDatabase, the Abia Warriors Football Club's world ranking based on the latest 21/22 season performance is at 976 with 1349 points. Furthermore, the club is rated highly in the continental ranks at position 106.
Is Abia Warriors Football Club on Instagram?
The Umuahia footballers have a very active social media presence on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
The Abia Warriors football club is a formidable force taking on Nigerian football giants like Akwa United. The club's growth in the 9 years it has been in the League shows the young footballers' talent, skill and hard work.
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