Ocean Boys will now be called Divine Warriors

The 2006 Nigeria Premier League winners believe a new identity will help their cause for an instant return to the elite division next season

Former Nigeria Premier League champions, Ocean Boys have been renamed  Divine Warriors of Yenagoa a top official of the club has told Goal.com.

The club gave no reasons for the name transformation when Goal.com contacted its media officer Asien Eddy Ohis on Friday evening but Ohis confirmed that the club would bear the new identity throughout next soccer season in the Nigeria National League.

"We have changed the name of the club ahead of the Nigeria National League (Nnl) which starts on Saturday across the country. We are now to be called Divine Warriors of Yenagoa as against Ocean Boys.

"We don't have any reason for the new name for now but we shall brief you if we have things to say about the new development," Ohis said in an interview with Goal.com.

In a related development, the Board of the Nnl has approved the postponement of the Week One fixture involving Divine Warriors and Abia Warriors at the instance of the Bayelsa State representatives.

Club's spokesman Eddy Ohis informed Goal.com that the Nnl had agreed to their pleas to have their Week One match against Abia Warriors shifted owing to the delay in the reinstatement of the club to the lower league.

A decision Ohis claimed affected the club's preparation for life in the NNL.

He however thanked the Nnl for looking into their case with a human face adding that Divine Warriors would be fortified for their Week 2 clash with Bolowotan of Lagos in Yenagoa next weekend.

Meanwhile, Divine Warriors FC of Yenagoa will continue their screening exercise on Saturday-the same day the league is expected to kick off.

Divine Warriors then known as Ocean Boys won the NPL in 2006 but got demoted last season due to a cash crunch that saw them miss matches in the league.