ABUJA – Kabiru Adewale, one of El-Kanemi Warriors Football Club’s star defenders, has warned clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) that his Maiduguri-based club was ready to overrun all opponents.
Adewale told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in a telephone interview that the clubs now have to stop thinking of getting an easy match against the El-Kanemi Warriors.
He said the club’s present home ground of Kano should be regarded as a place they would visit and only return from “empty-handed’’.
The player, who resumed training last week in Maiduguri after being sidelined by injury for a long time, said his return from injury was going to greatly benefit his club.
“It has been a hard time staying without playing, due to the injury I sustained in a league match against Nasarawa United last season.
“But I must thank the coaches and management of El-Kanemi Warriors for truly believing in me while nursing my injury to the present state of being healed.
“But I thank God that I am now fit and ready for action, and this means that El-Kanemi Warriors are reinforced and have become a balanced team by the end of the first stanza.
“The war is now beginning in Enugu (against Rangers International) and I assure our fans that they will see a different El-Kanemi,’’ he said. Adewale said it was painful seeing his club in 12th place at the end of the first round of the season.
“I feel so bad that I was nursing injury. But with the backing of our supporters in Kano we are not missing anything.
“So, let no one think that our playing in Kano means playing on a neutral ground. We have all it takes to win our matches there,” he said.
The defender said, with the club being reinforced with about seven quality players, they were ready to give their visitors the toughest run for their money.
“God willing, we are going to deliver at the end of the season,’’ he said.(NAN)