The Port Harcourt side has added half a dozen new boys to strengthen the team for the second round of the Nigeria Professional Football LeagueDolphins have confirmed the addition of six new players to their fold following activity during the recently closed mid-season transfer window.
Stanley Eguma, head coach of the side, says the massive recruitment of players was very necessary because of the apparent loss of a few players that represented Nigeria at the World Youth Championships in Turkey.
“We had four of our players in Turkey with the Flying Eagles and they stayed away so long. We are not even sure how many of them will return to us because they all did well there so going to the market was number one priority for us,” Eguma said.
Austin Ekpoma, a midfielder and Nasseem Abubakar also a midfielder joined from Gombe United while Ambrose Onyeama, a left full back was hooked up from Rangers International.
Moses Eneji, a winger signed up from Unicem Rovers while Eze Chidiebere, a goalkeeper, crossed over from Gabros.
The club also signed up Omo Johnson, a striker from Warri Wolves. Johnson has already made his debut for the club as a second half substitute against Akwa United on Monday.
Meanhwile, Dolphins' next competitive game will come up on Wednesday, July 17 at Umuahia in the Federation Cup Round of 32. The game will be against Akwa Starlets of Uyo.
To get to this stage, Dolphins beat NAF Rockets of Abuja 3-1 in Benin while Akwa Starlets beat Kwara United via penalty shoot-out after full time ended 2-2.
Last season, Dolphins got knocked out in the Round of 64, their worst ever performance in the Federation Cup, but Eguma insists that will not happen this season.
“The Federation Cup is different. It brings a lot of surprises and we aork against any unforeseen thing.
“By their name, Akwa Starlets people may want to underrate them but we won’t do that because they worked hard to get to this point,” Eguma said.
“We will come out fully to fight with them and ensure we are not taken by surprise.”
Dolphins have won the Federation Cup four times, in 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2007.