Monday, April 11, 2011

Sharks’ Ejike returns to training

Striker Bright Ejike has returned to training with his Premier League club, Sharks, after he returned from a training tour abroad with the Nigerian under20s camp with health concerns in February.
Ejike had to undergo operation for appendicitis and has been on the sidelines for more than a month, has learned.
However, assistant coach at Sharks, Imama Amapakabo, told on Saturday that the striker has returned to training earlier in the week.
Amapakabo added that the former Enyimba man will not be immediately ready to return to competitive action in the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) when the second round gets underway in April or May.
The Sharks’ coach, who has been in charge of the side since head coach, John Sam Obuh, has taken up duties with the Nigerian men’s under20s, said Ejike’s long absence was reason for signing on Andrew Michael from rivals, Ocean Boys, in the mid-season transfer window.
Amapakabo said: “He (Ejike) is already back (in training) and has started light training with the team after staying out for about a month. But the truth is that he will not be ready so soon for competitive football because I estimate that he should have regained full fitness by the middle of the second half of the season.”
However, the Sharks’ coach said he is impressed with the quality in new signing, Michael.
He is hoping that the former Bayelsa United striker will replicate same form in training during match situations when the Premier League commences.
“I have been impressed with what I have seen of Andrew (Michael) so far,” began Amapakabo about the new striker in his team. “But I am praying that he keeps the same flame (I have seen in him) burning (when the league starts).”

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