Chief Coach of the newly promoted Nigeria Premier League (NPL) team, Abia Warriors FC of Umuahia, Chijioke Iwuagwu, has revealed that the promotion of the club from the second tier league to the elite division would not have been possible without the financial and moral backing of Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Ahamefule Orji.
Coach Iwuagwu who took the Nigeria National League (NNL) club to the Premiership in less than one season of joining the Abia state-owned team heaped praises on Gov. Orji, saying that his contributions to the success of Abia Warriors in the just ended season were too numerous to count.
According to Iwuagwu, “the Governor was always on hand to support us during the difficult period as he never stopped to make fund available to the team to compete favorably with other clubs in the Nigeria National League hence we fought gallantly and we were able to pick one of the four promotion tickets to play in the top league next season”.
The former Assistant Coach of Heartland FC of Owerri also expressed deep gratitude to Abia Warriors FC Board Chairman and Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Executive Board Member, High Chief Emeka Inyama for his immense contributions and dogged fight to ensure that the club got promoted to the Premiership.
“The club is blessed to have a hardworking man like Chief Inyama whose immense experience in football administration were instrumental to the success achieved by the team within a short period of time. In fact, Governor Orji and Chief Inyama are God-sent to Abia Warriors and Abia people”, Iwuagwu concluded.
The highly respected Nigeria League Coach Iwuagwu who has also handled top clubs like the defunct NPA Seasiders of Lagos and Bussdor FC therefore urged both men and other prominent indigenes of Abia state to rally round Abia Warriors in the quest to take the Nigeria Premiership by storm next season.