Laleye Dipo in Minna
Niger State owned Niger Tornadoes Football Club of Minna is to recruit eight new players to beef up the team ahead of the next Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.
However, the management of Tornadoes has restricted the ages of players to be recruited to between 24 and 25 years old age bracket.
The Public Relations Officer of the club, George Daniya, quoted head coach of the team, Abubakar Bala, as insisting that lack of bite in the attack of team last season was partly responsible for the middle of the table finishing of the Minna team.
“We created so many chances last season of which we converted very few. The only option we have now is to strengthen the squad and our attack,” the coach was quoted as insisting. The technical crew of the team is also looking at the midfield and defence. Already, 13 players from NPFL teams have been invited for screening while the number of players to be fired from the present squad has not been disclosed.
The coach hinted that camping ahead of the new football season is to begin soon either in Kontagora or Bida.
As part of the pre-season programme of the club, Tornadoes is to take part in the Gold Cup Tournament scheduled to hold in Ilorin Kwara State.
Tornadoes FC was runners up at the 2017 AITEO Cup, losing to Akwa United on penalty shoot out.
The club was also placed 11th on the 2016/2017 NPFL final table.