A philanthropist and Chancellor of Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State, Dr Greg Ibe has donated 50 pairs of brand new boots to Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia as part of his efforts to mobilize the team towards a good outing in its Premier League debut season.
Presenting the boots to the Chairman of Abia Warriors, Chief Emeka Inyama in Umuahia, Dr Ibe, who is one of the patrons of the club, said he was motivated to make the donation as a way of complementing government’s efforts towards the funding of the club.
The Chancellor, who was represented at the occasion by the Media Manager of the institution, Mr. Ogbonnaya Ogwo said the donation was only a tip of the iceberg as the club’s jerseys and other apparels needed for the entire season has been ordered for and will soon arrive the country for their use.
He urged the club to reciprocate the gesture by holding their own among the big boys to enable them pick a continental ticket at the end of the season.
Receiving the boots, Chief Inyama expressed appreciation at Dr Ibe’s gesture and called on other lovers of the game to lend a helping hand in the sponsorship of the team as a way of complementing government’s efforts.
Chief Inyama, who said the club has intensified its preparations towards the new season, commended Governor T.A. Orji for his assistance and belief in Abia Warriors and promised that they will not disappoint him and their teeming supporters.
Meanwhile, Abia Warriors have concluded the medical examination of all its players expected to do battle for it this season in line with the guidelines of the League Management Committee.
The medical examination was carried-out at the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia by experts who certified all the players fit for the forthcoming season and top notchers at the club have expressed happiness at the clean bill of health given to the players.
In another development, the Umuahia Township Stadium, home ground of Abia Warriors FC is now wearing a new look ready for the season opener after undergoing serious renovation.
The players dressing rooms, the referees dressing rooms and other departments of the stadium are now wearing a new look.
Officials of the League Management Committee led by the Chairman, Hon. Nduka Irabor have already inspected facilities at the stadium and expressed happiness at what they saw.