Abia Warriors Football Club is a Nigerian professional football club based in the city of Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria. The club currently plays in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the country’s highest level of professional club football.
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Abia Warriors FC History
Ten years after it was established in 2003, the Abia Warriors Football Club, which has its home base in Umuahia, in the state of Abia, was granted a license to compete in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in August of 2013. In Umuahia, where it all began, Abia Warriors FC was formerly an amateur team known as NEPA FC. NEPA FC was a recreational wing of the now-defunct National Electric Power Authority (NEPA).
In the history account of the club, a tribute is paid to the late Basil Udeogu, who was the person who assumed control of the club, renamed it Abia Warriors FC of Umuahia, and led the club from the amateur league to the then Nigeria Professional League. After the passing of Udeogu and the club’s admission into the NPFL, the Abia State Government decided to sponsor the club side. Subsequently, they appointed Chief Jude Ezechukwu, the proprietor of the now-defunct Jasper United Football Club, as the club’s first Chairman.
Chief Jude Ezechukwu was also the man who was responsible for the club’s admission into the NPFL. Along with its campaign in various cadres of the national league, the club was renamed OUK Football Club in honor of Orji Uzor Kalu, a Governor of Abia State who made the decision for the state to sponsor the club. This occurred during the course of the club’s journey in various cadres of the national league.
In 2010, it would come back to being known as the Abia Warriors. Since joining the NPFL, Abia Warriors may not have won any national honors, but they have shown that they are not an easy team to beat, especially in the league tournaments. In the inaugural season of the top division, Abia Warriors posted an outstanding three wins away from home.
Abia Warriors is a very new club, but it has a reputation for picking players from lower levels of the game and bringing them up to the professional level. The club’s most famous product is Chisom Chikatara, who is currently playing in the Jordanian league. Kingsley Chima Uluocha, a defender for the Nigerian Olympic squad, was another product of the club’s youth program. There is also Ndifreke Effiong, who began his career with Abia Comets’ youth team in 2015/16 before being promoted to the senior team the following season.
Ndifreke Effiong played for the senior club until he was transferred to Akwa United. He was recruited for his country’s Olympic qualifying team while he was playing for the Abia Warriors, and he later played for the Super Eagles in a match against Egypt. Abia Warrior is a member of the fast growing Oriental Derby rivalry between the Southeast state based clubs, and they have posted stunning results, including securing a double in consecutive seasons over Heartland and shocking wins in Aba against Enyimba and in Enugu against Rangers. Abia Warrior is also a part of the fast growing Oriental Derby rivalry between the Southeast state based clubs.
Since parting ways with its first coach at the senior level, Isa Ladan Bosso, Abia Warriors have worked with a number of other highly rated coaches. These coaches include Rafael Everton of Brazil, Kennedy Boboye of Nigeria, who later joined Plateau United and won the league, and Okey Emodi, who won the league with both Kano Pillars and Enyimba. It has also benefited from the services of younger coaches such as Abdullahi Biffo, Henry Makinwa, and its current Coach, Imama Amapakabor, who led Rangers to their first league title in 30 years.
Abia Warriors FC Stadium
Abia Warriors F.C. of the Nigeria Premier League calls the Umuahia Township Stadium in Umuahia, Nigeria, its home field. The Umuahia Township Stadium is located in Umuahia, Nigeria. The surface is also used for the home games of the Abia Comets Football Club.
Capacity of the stadium is 5,000.