Rangers, Abia Warriors in transfer market frenzy

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Floundering champions Rangers are in the vanguard of clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League taking advantage of the ongoing mid-season transfer window to freshen up their squads.

Rangers have endured a disastrous start as league champions. They are rooted uncomfortably to the bottom of the league table with 13 points, albeit with four outstanding games to make up the deficit. Their current form, however, does not suggest that those games will be enough for them to claw their way up.

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But the Flying Antelopes are determined to try and fortify their squad with five new players. They are former Golden Eaglets forward Chiderah Ezeh, Osamudiamen Adun from Nigerian National League side Insurance FC, former Ghana U20 and Hearts of Oak goalkeeper Siedu Muntawakilu, Ifeanyi George from Enyimba and experienced former junior international goalkeeper Bassey Akpan.

Across the pond, Umuahia-based Abia Warriors have reportedly released the quartet of goalkeeper Moses Ocheje, Paul Onobi, Seun Olulayo and Dele Olorundare.

Ocheje’s departure has made room for the signing of Joshua Enaholo, who was in goal at the last Fifa U20 World Cup in New Zealand.

For Onobi, this marks a spectacular fall from grace as he failed to shine since his return to the country at the end of his one-year spell in Finland.

The midfielder was sensationally named in a Super Eagles lineup by former coach Sunday Oliseh ahead of the more experienced John Mikel Obi, and was expected to go on to big things.

Instead, a spell in the European backwaters of Finland appears to have stunted, rather than improved, his progress.

Olulayo, a member of Nigeria’s winning team at the 2015 Africa U23 Cup of Nations held in Senegal, is said to have rejoined Sunshine Stars. Olorundare, after playing a bit-part role this season has journeyed to the north, linking up with Ladan Bosso’s tutored El-Kanemi Warriors.

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