Abia Warriors have insisted that they dropped midfielder, Paul Onobi and six other players they deemed surplus to requirements to enable them secure the services of new players ahead of the start of the league second round.
Onobi was quoted in the media stating that he left the Umuahia side because the club could not keep their own part of the agreement but Patrick Ngwaogwu who is an assistant coach with the club disclosed that the former KuPS of Finland midfielder couldn’t measure up to standard and had to be sacked to give room for replacement after playing only 66 minutes of their 19 first round games.
“I want to bring it to your notice that Onobi was asked to leave the club along with other six players and he was axed owing to low productivity,” Ngwaogwu told Goal.
'' He joined us at the beginning of the season with so much expectations having played abroad. He was among our highest earners with N600,000 monthly. He played his first match for us against Sunshine Stars and didn’t have a good match but we gave him another chance against Akwa United where his performance was also low too.
“We decided it will be best for him to leave to allow us use the fund to sign new players. We have players who are not getting as much as Onobi was getting and are doing very well.
''We never owed him any money when he was with us and we are not happy that he has decided to malign our name instead of being grateful that we gave an opportunity to play for us.”