Football title holders, FC Ifeanyiubah, Enyimba of Absence and Enugu Rangers are not taking part in this second edition of South East/South South preseason tournament holding at Abakaliki,National Daily learnt.
FC Ifeanyiubah absence is tied to their late resumption which started open screening.
Enyimba could not take part following what officials tagged fixture congestion having returned from Morocco where they crashed out of the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup 2-1 (3-1 on aggregate) to Raja Casablanca.
Rangers on their part, we’re crowned 2018 Aiteo Cup Champions a week ago and are still putting their house in order ahead next week’s victory parade and reception by governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
However, Rivers United, Heartland and Abia Warriors are the topmost NPFL clubs lighting up the Abakaliki showpiece.
At the close of match day two games on Monday, Rivers United became the first team to seal a place in the semi finals with victories in their first two opening games.
Abia Warriors are second on the standings with four points following a win and a draw while two draws in their opening two games means Heartland will aim for a win in their third game to advance.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are on ground to take a look at possible transfer targets.
Omar Sciolla, the EPL’s Chief Scout told pressmen that he was absolutely impressed with what the players are serving out in terms of talent.
“This is my second time of coming to Abakaliki this year.
“The first was in May during Obinna Ogba Football Tournament.
“I must say I’m absolutely impressed with the quality of this (south east/south south) tournament.
“Nigeria has huge talents and I am seeing that here at this tournament.
“I’m one of Manchester United’s 57 scouts around the globe so I’m impressed here”, Sciolla said refusing to disclose the identities of those players who have so far made it to his books.
CHAN Eagles defender Emeka Atuloma seals Akwa United move
Emeka Atuloma is expected to complete his transfer to Akwa United recently ,National Daily learnt.
Atuloma, a defensive midfielder, featured for the CHAN eagles during this year’s CHAN tournament in Morocco where Nigeria emerged silver medalists following 4-0 defeat by hosts, Morocco, in the final.
Atuloma was sought after by a host of European teams but fitness concerns scuttled the move when it eventually came.
Having seen off a one year contract extension at Rivers United after an initial two years run, Atuloma thought it was time to move.
“The unveiling of coach Rafael Everton on Monday ensured we moved conclusion of transfer formalities to Wednesday.
“Uyo is a good environment for him, we strongly believe he will add quality to the team”, he said.
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