Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fever Knocks Out Wolves’ Okoyoh

Warri Wolves’ playmaker, Michael Okoyoh, was one of the influential players missing in the line-up for the opening game of the ongoing Super Four in Ilorin after he was diagnosed to have contracted fever.
The technical crew of the club had to leave out the player after he complained of feverishness on arrival in Ilorin on Monday evening.
A member of the coaching crew disclosed that the head coach, Monday Odigie, did not want to take risk with a player, whose condition health-wise is unsure before an important match.
But Okoyoh should return for Thursday’s game against Nigeria’s CAF Champions League representative, Heartland Football Club, if he is deemed fit by the medical staff of the club, according to Odigie.
“Mike (Okoyoh) could not play in our first game today (Tuesday) against Bayelsa United. He was left out because he has fever. But we hope he will be back in the next game,” he said.
The Wolves’ midfielder told our correspondent in Ilorin that he felt disappointed to have missed out on the opening day of the Super Four, as he was fired up for the pre-season tournament.
He also said he had wanted to use the tournament to show that he deserved to be named in last season’s Best Eleven of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL).
The 18-year-old midfielder declared that he would recover from the bout of fever in order to face Heartland FC on Thursday (today).
“At the moment I am down with a fever and it has affected me. The coach told me that he would not dress me for the match and I had to stay back in the hotel but I hope to be back for the next game,” he said.
Okoyoh is happy that the Super Four is holding a month before the start of the new Premier League campaign and believes that it would afford his club the chance to test its strength the best teams in the country.

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