By Gabriel Kekong
Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia has given one of her youth team’s goalkeepers Chibueze Lambert his first professional contract, the club Sporting Director, Patrick Ngwaogu, confirmed.
Abia Warriors posted the update on the club website, revealing that the 18-year-old had put pen on paper for his first professional deal for the Umuahia warlords.
The news came as an excitement to followers of the Club’s youth team, who have always tip the youngster for greatness.
The youngster had commanded regular shirt for the Abia Warriors Team B in majority of the matches they played.
Speaking to the Abia Warriors website, Lambert admitted that things are working well for him this year, saying that he is in the league to learn, and make good use of every single opportunity giving to him in the league.
“It was a good and exciting experience with the club’s Team B and I promise to justify my promotion and Signing of my first professional contract with Abia Warriors. I am prepared to give a healthy competition to other well experienced goalkeepers in the team, and also learn from them.
“My personal goal is to carve a niche for myself in the Nigeria Professional Football League and am most grateful to the club management for believing in my ability. I am more excited with the quality of goalkeepers in the team, and the coaches. These are people that can make the development of a young player faster”.
Reacting to the promotion of the young goalkeeper, the club’s Sporting Director, Patrick Ngwaogu, said.
Lambert has shown lots of top level qualities during his time with the Youth Team and that’s the reason he ranks among the five youth players registered for the new season by the hierarchy of the club.
“Austin Njoku, a right full back was also given a professional contract after he impressed with Abia Warriors Youth Team”
Also, Dennis Kingsley who was snapped from Odion Ighalo Academy Lagos, Kabiru Mohammed (from Moses Simon Academy, Kaduna, and Mustapha Jibreen (from Mighty Jet) make up the youthful side for coach Imama Amapakabo’s new look Abia Warriors”
“In all, we signed a total of nine (9) new players, exactly the same number of players we didn’t renew their contracts”, the Sporting Director concluded.