Why I Returned To Rivers Hoopers – Anyebe Ujoh

Rivers Hoopers’ returnee star, Anyebe Ujoh has explained reasons behind his return to the team he won his first title with in 2011.

The former Lagos Warriors guard was in the Nigeria Basketball League title winning squad in 2011 and 2012 for the then Royal Hoopers.

Ujoh says he had to return to the team he won his first championship because he enjoys playing for Hoopers.

“I returned to Rivers Hoopers because this is where I won my first two championships and you know I enjoy playing for Rivers Hoopers so calling me back to the team brought me great joy,”

Anyebe Ujoh

After winning consecutive titles with Hoopers, Ujoh left for Kano Pillars where he also won back to back titles with the Sani Ahmed-led team.

He however revealed that he declined a call from Pillars to return to Kano and rather preferred to return to Port Harcourt where he calls “home”.

“Kano Pillars called me to also return to the team but I decided to come back home because there is no place like home and not that Pillars are not a good side.

“I enjoyed the relationship I had with Hoopers in the past and I have so much belief in them so there is no place I’d rather be than here.” said Ujoh.

The Port Harcourt based side signed five new players recently to boost the squad that finished third last season and with training in top gear for the new season. The Benue-born guard, fondly called the “Five Star General” for the five titles won, believes his return will bring glory to the team alongside the crop of players available in the team.

“I have seen a couple of players present right now and I believe they can do it. So bringing in one or two especially me “Five Star General”, I believe there will be big change and I believe with God all things will be possible.”

The five-time league winner also spoke on the leadership role he will have to play for the young players in the team.

Anyebe Ujoh

“I am going to let them to know that if we want to succeed everybody must be ready to play defense,”

“We just have to be disciplined because if you want to become a champion, you must have the attitude. I have trained with them so I have seen the zeal I believe we are all going to join hands together to do it.” He concluded.

Anyebe Ujoh won the league title in 2011, 2012 with Royal Hoopers before winning again with Kano Pillars in 2013 and 2014 and then Mark Mentors in 2015.