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Ocean set to impress

Ocean Boys coach, Ada Gwegwe has said the reinstatement of his team into the Nigerian football family is a huge challenge on his coaching career.

The Brass-based club were expelled from the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) at the end of the 2011/2012 season for running foul of some top flight rules and further rejected by the Nigeria National League (NNL) as one of their own.

However, the NFF at its Annual General Assembly in Port Harcourt last Thursday restored the former Nigerian champions to their fold to campaign in the NNL in the 2012/2013 league season.

Gwegwe said he will work assiduously hard to return the side to the elite league.

“It’s a welcomed development and we’ve grabbed the offer with both hands by intensifying training for our campaign in the national league.

“I’ve always believed that it was wrong to banish Ocean Boys, a side that have won the premier league and FA Cup, from the Nigeria league.

“The reinstatement is a big challenge; of course, we’ve been in the system and will surely rise to the occasion.

“Some of the old players are already in camp, we just need to get few new players in vital areas to forge ahead and hit the ground running.

“Of course, my task has been defined by the management who wants immediate return of the team to the Premier League.

“I’m equal to the challenge and will do my best to ensure Ocean Boys claim their rightful spot in Nigerian football,” he said to supersport.com.

Gwegwe assured he will not disappoint the side's management and football fans.

“It’s an honour to be called back to take charge of the team in the coming season. Any other coach could have been beckoned on that’s why I feel boosted and will do my very best not to let the management and the fans down,” he said.


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