In the hunt
OLDHAM Athletic manager Lee Johnson remains hopeful he can sign Jabo Ibehre on a permanent basis.
The striker spent three months on loan with Latics from October to January, scoring twice in 12 games.
He has since been told that he can leave his current club Colchester United, and boss Johnson wants the 31-year-old to join Athletic.
“We’re still interested and I certainly enjoyed working with him here,” he said.
“At the moment he’s a Colchester player so I can’t say much but I thought he did well here.
“There were three or four games that he was unplayable and I liked him a lot as a man.
“The longer time goes on though there will be different names that come available so we will have to see what happens.”
One striker that Latics have been utilising in recent weeks is youth player Devante Jacobs.
The teenager has been in the last two matchday squads, and Johnson believes he can go far.
“I think he’s definitely got talent and he has the potential to have a career,” he said.
“He’s got great vision and is a good finisher and is intelligent beyond his years.
“He can slow the tempo of the game but then speed it up with his quality so he’s a maverick in his style.
“What I don’t like about him is his physical prowess as he doesn’t move as well as you’d like someone to move at his age.
“I do think he has talent but inevitably it will be down to him to see if he can survive in football.”
Next up for Latics is a home match against Notts County this weekend.
Victory will see 14th placed Athletic move closer to the play-offs.
“We played well at their place earlier in the season and we want to win all of our home games,” Johnson said. “They’re a side that work hard and get the behind the ball quick so it will be a tough game.” DIVISION one of the Oldham Table Tennis League witnessed its newest member in action.
Kyan Chin put on a masterclass against Saddleworth B, leading Birley Moss to a 7-3 away win.
Saddleworth A were 10-0 victors in their game against Honeywell B.
Division two’s derby saw promotion-chasing Hollinwood B prove too strong for their C side, walking to a 9-1 win.
Our Lady’s A won a 8-2 at Coldhurst C in division three, while division four had a close game between Unison D and Uppermill C, the latter winning 6-4.
The only draw of the week occurred between Owls B and Honeywell G in division five.
The Oldham Closed Table Tennis Championships are to be held at Hulme Grammar School on March 1.
Entry forms can be downloaded from the Oldham Table Tennis League Website at www. tabletennis.365.com/ oldham
Players should send their entries to: John Foster, 41 Connington Close, Royton, Oldham, OL2 5TP or email them to: johnfoster3000@yahoo. com
The closing date for entries is February 20.
●● Jabo Ibehre made a big impression on Latics boss Lee Johnson during his three-month loan spell earlier in the campaign