Warri Wolves begin preparation for 2016 CAF Champions League
• Present budget to Governor Okowa
To avoid mistakes of the past, the management of Warri Wolves has commenced preparation for its participation in next year’s CAF Champions League.
Wolves finished second in the just concluded Glo Premier League behind Enyimba FC of Aba. While the Seasiders hammered visiting FC Taraba 5-1 in the final match of the season to end their campaign with 66 points, the People’s Elephants (Enyimba) played goalless with Sunshine Stars in Lagos to end their campaign on 70 points.
Super Eagles striker, Gbolahan Salami scored twice against FC Taraba to emerge top scorer for the 2014/15 with 17 goals.
Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, an official of Warri Wolves said that the club’s budget for the coming season, including their campaign in the 2016 CAF Champions League had been sent to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa through the Delta State Sports Commission.
“We need to start early for next season,” the official said. “We are happy for picking one of the CAF Champions league tickets, but the story would have been sweeter if we were able to win the Glo Premier League title as a welcome gift for our governor. We will do everything possible to compensate him with a trophy in the coming season. The budget we have presented is a moderate one and we hope the government will approve it on time,” he said.
On their last game against FC Taraba, the official said: “Our boys scored 5-1 in that game because they were really angry after Taraba scored one in the first half.
The Matchday 38 match was decided at the Warri Township Stadium on Monday morning after a torrential downpour forced a postponement on Sunday afternoon. Salami scored the first and last goals in the one-sided encounter.
Wolves started with early signs of the scoreline we should expect when Sikiru Alimi busted into space in the box before crossing for Osadiaye whose volley was cleared off the goal line.
Wolves got their noses in front on 13 minutes when Salami converted from the penalty spot after he was felled by Lucky Erimuya. Wolves however conceded a shock equalizer four minutes later. Wolves defender Uche Ossai diverted Konan Boris’s cross into his own net. It was the first and last goal Wolves would concede in Warri in the second half of the season.
The second goal however came just before the hour mark when Abu Azeez turned his marker before firing beyond Obilo at his near post.
Salami’s brace ensured he finished the season with 17 goals, one more than Sunshine’s Tunde Adeniji.