The Return of Warri’s Finest to the NPFL
By Jahrock Ujewe
The return of Warri Wolves will not only trend or dominate the discussions on social media or conventional media, but also the home coming of two of the finest and experienced football exports from the now rustic oil city with the Seasiders.
Since Warri Wolves came to national consciousness at turn of this millennium, the name: Julius Ubido, has never featured in any of the club’s matchday squad lists, banners, or landmarks within the Warri City Stadium.
Same can be said of Braye Okpus Brown too. Though he started football developmental sojourn with Warri Wolves’ feeder team in the glorious days of oil boom, he had always played professionally away the state.
For the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, these two players are back home and have teamed up with the Seasiders for the first time in their career to maintain top flight status.
Their prospect of playing for their darling home club speaks volume of their joy.
“I feel good. I’m going to be playing for my home town team finally,” Ubido stated.
“It’s pleasure coming back home,” Braye corroborated. “This is my house. I was born here. I have never played for the Warri Wolves’ first team before now.”
While Ubido played most of his domestic football with the Naze Millionaires, Heartland FC, Braye tasted league action with the likes of Nembe City, now defunct Sharks FC, Rangers International, amongst.
The two players are very optimistic that Wolves would get their 2019/2020 campaign to a flying start against the Promise Keepers, Akwa United, at home.
“They’re a good side and well motivated,” said Ubido.”I know they have some of the finest players in Nigeria. It’s not about that, but what you put in on the pitch against your opponents. We have the quality to play them and get a win.”
“We believe come on Sunday we are ready to get our three points,” Braye added. “The fans have been very supportive since I came back. You can see that from our training sessions. They should be positive.”
The homecoming of these players to the team has no doubt brought back some great degree of the desired vibe that should stir hope and belief among ardent followers of Warri Wolves far and near.
It is strongly hoped that this emerging atmosphere would permeate the air when Warri Wolves trade tackles with Akwa United.
The Seasiders are unbeaten in their last five league matches against Akwa United, notching three wins and two draws in the process.
Surely, a tasty clash between the two clubs awaits us on Sunday at the Warri City Stadium.