The management of Katsina United has described their ability to sign Super Eagles’ back-up goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa into their ranks as a ‘big boost’ for the club.
Ezenwa finally signed the dotted lines for the Northern club on Thursday, thereby putting paid to all doubts about the deal not seeing the light of day.
An initial move by the former Heartland of Owerri, FC Ifeanyiubah of Nnewi and Enyimba of Aba shot-stopper to join The Changi Boys fell through, due to his wage demands, but all that was finally settled.
Ezenwa’s salary at Katsina will be N450,000, which is still well below N700,000 he demanded during the initial negotiations with the club.
However, he will be the highest earning player at the club ahead of the likes of the Katsina-based club’s youthful midfielder, Destiny Ashadi.
Such is the confirmation from Katsina United, as the former FA Cup winners disclosed that they are delighted and thrilled to finally hook the services of Nigeria’s leading home-based keeper.
The 30-year-old stopper, who has also played for Ocean Boys of Brass, Sharks of Port Harcourt and Sunshine Stars of Akure, left Enyimba at the end of a year’s contract with the two-time African champions.
Ezenwa, who lost his starter’s shirt at Enyimba to Theophilus Afelokhai, completed his medicals on Thursday before signing the dotted lines with Katsina United ahead of the new season in the NPFL.
The Canada 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup revelation will compete with former Golden Eaglets star, Dami Paul, Niger Republic international, Kassaly Dauda and fast-rising Yinka David in Katsina, but the club are already sounding excited about what they stand to gain from his deal.
Katsina United stated: “We will have the boost of @SuperEagles_ goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa in the forthcoming season as the former @SunshineFCAkure star signed the dotted lines for @fckatsinaunited after passing medicals.”
Ogbe Relishes Niger Tornadoes’ Form At Ahlan Cup
Niger Tornadoes of Minna coach, Bernard Ogbe is still relishing his side’s battling efforts at the recent Ahlan Pre-season competition in Kano.
Although his side eventually lost to Wikki Tourist of Bauchi in the semi-finals, Ogbe said he was happy that they scored 15 goals and conceded only two in the competition.
Ogbe went on to describe the Ahlan Cup as an eye opener that helped him try new tactics and discover fresh things about his players.
Tornadoes looked set for another victory after Otuke Michael gave them early lead, before Tourists struck with goals by Mohammed Mohammed and Idris Guda to dump The Ikon Allah boys out of the tournament.
Despite failing to reach the Ahlan Cup final last weeknd, Ogbe praised his side for their impressive performances at the tournament.
While aleging that his side were affected by poor decisions by match officials, Ogbe also declared that his players must continue to work hard.
Ogbe expatiated: “I want to appreciate my players which we quickly assembled and are doing fantastically well.
“However we are not going to get carried away with the performance of the team. It’s still team in progress.
“We will continue working very hard till the team is ready before the commencement of Nigeria professional football league next year.”