The Management of Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia has approved the release of eight of their registered players in the current season for low productivity and asked three others to rise to the occasion in the second stanza or face similar music.
The players released include Super Eagles midfielder, Paul Onobi and former Nigeria Junior International, Stanley Okoro who have failed to impress the technical crew. Others are former Enyimba player, Michael Okoyoh, former Nigeria U-23 winner, Seun Olulayo and his former Sunshine Stars of Akure team mate, Dele Olorundare.
Also asked to give way are Moses Omoduemuke, Osondu Jonathan and Chinedu Nwaeze.
In a statement, Management said the players were asked to look for other clubs because they could not justify their high rating and wished them well in their future endeavours.
Meanwhile the club has intensified its eagerness to register some fresh legs in readiness for the second phase of the league kicking off soon.
Some of the new faces expected to join the Umuahia side include former Enyimba and Rangers International winger, Chimezie Amanfor, former Heartland of Owerri midfielder, Arinze Nwangwu and ex-Giwa FC of Jos speedstar, Chinenye Agoha.
In his reaction, Chief Coach of Abia Warriors Abdullahi Biffo expressed confidence that the players that have been penciled down for recruitment will help the team realize its ambition at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, the management of the club has also approved that the players and their coaches embark on a one-week break after the end of the first phase of the league.
Addressing the players coach Biffo urged them to ensure they maintain their fitness level while on break as the second phase of the league will soon commence while the State F.A Cup will kick off as well.
Biffo commended the players for a job well done in the first stanza of the league and expressed confidence that they will maintain the tempo when the team reassembles.