By Humphrey Njoku
The Nigeria National League (NNL) side, ABS will on Monday announce the names of the 30 players signed for the 2013/14 season.
The llorin-based side lost a record 24 players from their fold to various clubs for the forthcoming new season.
An official of the side, Alloy Chukwuemeka said the side have finalised programmes for the new season inclusive the players who will help the side’s comeback to the elite league.
“We lost a record 24 players to the mega buck clubs which necessitated massive recruitment for the upcoming season.
“The final list of 30 players will be released on Monday to enable us enter into the mood for the commencement of the season on January 25.
“We don’t have further time to waste, we have to act fast to cover ground and position ourselves towards realising our dream for promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season,” Chukwuemeka said to supersport.com.
Chukwuemeka said the side have lined up quality pre-season matches commencing on Thursday, January 9 against the NNL Division A campaigners, Kogi United at the Lokoja Confluence Stadium.
“Once the list is confirmed on Monday we’ll immediately kick off our pre-season build-up matches on January 9 against Kogi United in Lokoja.
“After the encounter we’ll head to Akure to confront Glo Premier League side, Sunshine Stars on January 11 while it will be the turn of fellow city mates, Kwara United on January 12 at the Kwara State Stadium, llorin.
“Thereafter we’ll be ready to hosts Abia Comets on the first match day of the 2013/14 NNL season on January 25, we’re positive the season will run smoothly for the side,” Chukwuemeka enthused.
The ABS General Manager disclosed that the duo of Moshood Adebayo and Yomi Elijah will continue to take charge of the side on interim capacity until a substantive head coach is appointed.
ABS are among the four teams that dropped to the lower division at the conclusion of the 2012/13 Glo Premier League season.