NIGERIAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
There was immense joy and excitement when the Super Eagles duo, Chisom Chikatara and skipper Austin Obaroakpo returned to the Abia Warriors Camp in Umuahia for today’s midweek clash with visiting Wikki Tourists of Bauchi.
The duo were dropped from Super Eagles camp ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations double header against the Pharaohs of Egypt by Interim coach, Samson Siasia.
According to Media Officer of Abia Warriors, Igwe Onuoha, as soon as the final list was released, in Abuja both Chikatara and Obaroakpo jetted back to Umuahia with the next available flight and the camp exploded in ecstasy when they were seen by their colleagues.
The duo later participated in the evening training session where they gave a good account of themselves.
Speaking to Abia Warriors website, both players said they had no hard feelings about the decision of the national team handlers to drop them and wished the Super Eagles well in the double header.
According to Chikatara, who certified himself 100 per cent fit, the players who were chosen by Coach Siasia are good enough to handle Egypt in both qualifiers, adding that he would continue to work hard
in order to get future call-ups.
“All of us cannot play for Nigeria at the same time, so I will wait for another opportunity to play for my fatherland,” observed Chikatara who has been acquired by Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca.
He disclosed that all his attention is now focused on helping Abia Warriors achieve success in the domestic League beginning with the week eight mid-week clash against Wikki Tourists of Bauchi in Umuahia.
Obaroakpo, on his own, said in as much as he was physically, mentally and psychologically ready for the Egypt match, he has no hard feelings for being drooped, adding that it is the dream of every player to don the country’s national team colours.
He believed the door is not closed for him in the Super Eagles and thanked the organisers for the invitation extended to him in the first place.
The Abia Warriors Captain also said his attention is now focused on how to help his beloved club grab the league diadem or at least pick a continental ticket at the end of the season.