As part of measures to ensure a good outing in the 2017 Nigeria Nation-Wide League Season (Division Two), Port Harcourt based side, SKE Football Club has concluded it’s pre-season activities.
The pre-season activities serves as a prelude for club sides to intensify readiness for the new season. In the same vein, SKE FC aptly utilised this trend as they compete for glory in the Nigeria Nation-Wide League (Division Two).
The appointment of Coach John Nyamali as the Head Coach was the first step that was taken by the club management in January upon resumption for the 2017 season. The CEO of the side, Kingsley Olisa, acknowledge the fact that Nyamali’s appointment was the right step because his managerial acumen fits their demand.
“He possesses the characteristics that we need. He has managed several amateur sides in the country and I believe his experience will count in our favour” said Olisa.
The next step that was taken by the club was to declare an open screening exercise in order to inject new players to the side. The exercise lasted for three months, and a huge number of young stars within the specified age bracket (16-21) turned out en masse. The gaffer did acknowledge the young stars for coming out in their numbers because it affords him the opportunity to select the best players that can fit into his plans.
“The open screening exercise has paved way to select the best legs for the club which will be a great addition in the team.”
After the open screening exercise, a total number of 16 players were adjudge to be worthy to join the side after a rigorous exercise conducted by the coaching crew.
The young enterprising side, embarked in a series of friendly matches to intensify preparations for the season. The friendly matches were against sides in the lower cadre excluding the competitive fixtures in the Rivers State Federation Cup.
The came up against strong opponents such as Rivers United Academy, Cynosure FC, Port Harcourt City FC etc. Shortly after their last friendly game against Amadi Ama Stars, which ended in a stalemate, Coach John Nyamali asserted that his side are ready to compete for glory in the league.
” So far so good, my team are ready to do the business in the league. These matches were pivotal because it gave me the opportunity to execute my plans and strategies for the team.”
Below is the statistical analysis of the friendly and competitive games.
Total number of matches: 24
Friendly matches: 22
Federation Cup: 2
Goals scored: 43
Goals conceded: 24
Total number of matches won: 13
Total number of draws: 7
Total number of losses: 4
Sharp shooter: Afonime Atoabasi (seven goals)
The Port Harcourt based side will compete for honours in the 2017 Nigeria Nation-Wide League (Division Two) as the square-up against Ben Ayade FC in their first game billed to hold at the U.J Esuene Stadium Calabar on the 8th of June 2017.