Mitko Dobrev, who arrived Nigeria yesterday from Bulgaria was officially unveiled yesterday at the team’s camp site in Ibadan. The Bulgarian coach who just returned to the club after completing a one year coaching course has put pen to paper on an undisclosed deal and all formalities have been concluded.

Meeting with the team at the camp site in Ibadan, Mitko expressed his elation at returning to a club he believes is capable of upsetting the odds.

Speaking to pressmen, Mitko said he was back to the club in better shape and highly motivated to give the premier league side its first league title in its second attempt. Mitko said that the ambition of the club matches his, and was impressed by the investments and additions being made to the playing and coaching staff. After watching the new boys from Brazil train as well as other recruits from Ivory Coast, Congo and Nigeria, Mitko expressed his optimism at the chances of FC Ifeanyi Ubah lifting the much coveted trophy by the end of the league season.

I came back to FC Ifeanyi Ubah after a year long course and I am happy that the club is in a much better position to challenge for the title, Mitko said. He further added that he was immensely impressed with what the President of the club has set out to achieve and was highly thankful at the chance given to him to make history with FC Ifeanyi Ubah. He concluded by promising all fans of FC Ifeanyi Ubah nationwide beautiful football in its quest to land the trophy, adding that the fans should endeavor to be the 12th man of the team at all games.


Speaking at the unveiling, the President of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, an elated Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, told pressmen that the final pieces of his jigsaw were coming together nicely. He stated that he was in this for the long haul and is determined to leave a mark on the Nigerian and African football scene. Speaking on Mitko, Dr. Ubah said that Mitko had been the first choice from the moment the project kicked off and had to wait for Mitko to go and better equip himself so as to enable him meet the mission and vision of the club. Mitko and his team of coaches which includes the Brazilian coaches will bring professionalism, tactical discipline and impartiality in team selection, Dr. Ubah added.


For the Brazilian footballers and others recently transferred from Ivory Coast and Congo, Dr. Ubah stated that it was time we opened our league to other countries, within and outside Africa.

These players will not only improve the quality of our play, they will also increase our market value and gate taking significantly as fans will troop the stadium whenever and wherever FC Ifeanyi Ubah plays, Dr. Ubah noted. More people from around the world will watch our league now because they have their relatives, friends and countrymen now playing in the Nigerian Premier League, particularly FC Ifeanyi Ubah, thereby increasing our fanbase beyond the shores of Nigeria, that’s a massive promotion, he added.

The influx of these players will add more flair, entertainment and draw attention to the Nigerian Professional Football League and I am happy to be the one championing that cause, he concluded.

The team will head back to Nnewi in earnest to complete its preparations for the coming league season which will commence by the end of February.

Abideen Owolabi

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