Former First Vice President of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, Chief Gabriel Chukwuma has bounced back into club football ownership with the floating of Nnewi United which will campaign in the second tier domestic league, Nigeria National League, Completesportsnigeria.
Chief Chukwuma who first brought club football to the commercial city of Nnewi in 1998 with the acquisition of Iyayi Babes with Gabros International FC, has similarly taken over Dreams International FC of Makurdi which has been re-named Nnewi United and will campaign in the Division B of the NNL 2016/2017 season.
Gabros International FC's league position and assets were acquired by Nnewi billionaire, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, renamed FCIfeanyiubah, now a Nigeria Professional Football League side and current NFF Federation Cup champions.
The multi-business mogul said his return to the game was influenced by his desire to fulfill a his passion for the game and provide opportunity for the youths, especially from the Nnewi community and hone their football talents with a view to making a decent life from it and engage in meaningful source of livelihood, as well as taking them away from restiveness.
"Nnewi United is for the people, it is for all the youths from this area and beyond. They can use it as a platform to develop their talents and make a career out of football with a view to engaging themselves with meaningul livelihood," Chief Chukwuma told Completesportsnigeria.com
"Don't forget, I've been involved in the past, I've continued to be involved and the passion has always been there.
"We are looking at a model team, a team that will be run in the best professional manner in order to make it a big brand in Nigeria and beyond."
Nnewi United will open their campaign on March 17 with a home fixture against Gateway United.