Thursday, 1 March 2012

ODIBE vows to cage Ideye, Haruna

Arsenal Kiev defender Michael Odibe has promise to stop his country counter parts at the Ukrainian derby match between Arsenal Kiev and Dynamo Kiev on Sunday.

Undoubtedly, Odibe has grown far in confidence and his terrific work rate is exciting after 20 games played in the Ukrainian Championship, the capital side are sixth on the log, only a point off a Europa League spot. But the lanky defender insisted that the derby match against the quality side like Dynamo Kiev will be tough for the home team.

“Yes, the league resumes on Sunday and our game against Dynamo will be an interesting one,” Odibe told 9jasoccerboys online in a chat.

“Dynamo are very good side especially with the likes of Ideye, Haruna and Ayila but I see a tough battle ahead of the game. We are brother but it will change on Sunday because we want to climb the ladder and we must show our pre-season progress in the opening game.

“I believe with the caliber of players in my team and higher team spirit; we will be in Europe this season. I personally want to help the team but at times it’s all about team work.

“We have been in Turkey since two months and every training had been excellent, so its now our mandatory to give our best especially against almighty Dynamo.

Speaking further on his game improvement, he said: “Football is about determination and vast learning before you can dream becoming the best, and that is exactly what I am doing right now. I love the country and I enjoy every bit of my game here. I have improved a lot in my lapses area and the coach has been given the necessary backing to topple most defenders in the league because I have the structure but I am still learning every day.”

Monday, 27 February 2012

EMENIKE backs Eagles for Victory in Kigali

Spartak Moscow striker, Emmanuel Emenike has call on Nigerians to give the selected players for the battle of Kigali when Nigeria tackle Rwanda in 2013 Nations Cup qualifiers.

Emenike was part of the dropped Super Eagles players for the Rwanda match, and has backed the selected team to beat Rwanda in the first phase of 2013 Nations Cup. 

While speaking on the Rwanda match, the prolific striker also urged the invited players to keep the focus and help the coach achieve his dream in the Super Eagles team.
The 24 years-old star was an instrumental in Spartak’s victory in pre-season triumph, thanks to his muscular build and explosive acceleration, he is about as easy to stop as a boulder rolling down a mountainside, and to gift-wrap the package he complete with above-dribbling ability, a stinging shot in his right foot and an instinct for being in the right place in the box at the right time.
“I believe so much in the team and I am confident that with the caliber of players that will line up for the game will make the country proud.
“It does not matter whether I’m there or not what matter is the progress of the team and to support the coach. We know the expectations of the fans even after we gallantly lost out the 2012 ticket but such will not happen as we embark on the 2013 tournament and my prayer is for the team and Nigeria to progress irrespective of the selected players.
When asked if he’s disappointed, he said: “No, no, no, I can’t be disappointed because the coaches are working for the progress of majority and I believe I am still part of the team.” This is a new coach with new plans, so it is our own faith to accept whatever decision he take. “But I think everybody is relevant in Keshis team.

OSINACHI eyes bigger honours in Finland

FC Turkur striker Osinachi Daniel believes his ability can bring him bigger honours as the Finnish League kicks off next month.

The former Sunshine Stars of Akure is blessed with pace, vision, trickery, agility and the uncanny knack of being able to find space in the box.
And it is these statistics that have brought him into the radar's of the top clubs on Europe now.

Osinachi has the tricks in the bag all good striker needs, speed, ability to turn on a dime, creativity, flair and a great cross.
It is unlikely that Turkur will be able to keep their start striker and his move to one of the top club is inevitable.

“Injury denied me of good chances of wining he golden boot and other big prizes in the league but I thank God for coming stronger now, I am back for good and my target is to win bigger honour in this country before I look forward to the future”.
“I have been enjoying every bit of my career here except the injury I sustained last season but it’s gone and my focus is back. “So I can’t wait to start the season on a good note.

“Helping Turkur for top spot this season is my first priority, we are better for Europe competition and I believe the dream is achievable this season.
“We are all focus to the kick of game and to remain consistent this time around. We had some injury crises last season and it really set us back but we are back for good this season.

Speaking further on life in Finland compare to Nigeria, he said: “Of course 99% of Nigerian league players are still eyeing a move to Europe because the structure is far different from what will use to see in Nigeria.
“I love coming first, at least I am in Europe and it is only my game that will speak for me on moving to my dreamt clubs and which I think the journey have started already. 

“Everything is perfect here, you can always find your happiness in as much you know why you are here and everybody in the club loves you.
“I thank God for making it possible, while I was in Nigeria, my thinking has always to be in Europe because of some bad treatment of the league players. But in Europe, you get what you want and there will be respect for you everywhere and that is exactly what is happening to me here.

The prolific striker also commends Sunshine Stars’ players for flying high the club flag in the domestic league.
“Sunshine have really improved a lot, and I see them making it in CAF cup this season.”

Ohawuchi keen to prove his worth in Atletico

Athletico Baleares’ news signing Stanley Ohawuchi admits breaking into first team will be a challenge but one he is ready to accept and prove his potential for the team.

Ohawuchi, who played for the Flying Eagles at the FIFA U-20 World Cup back in 2009, signed a five-year contract with Baleares after playing for Heartland FC of Owerri, Bayelsa United in the Nigerian Premier League and also trained with home base Super Eagles before switching to Spain.

The skillful striker told 9jasoccerboysblog: “I feel very happy for my progress in the team. I am getting used to the weather and the training here but I still have more to do to get myself in the team. “Everything is perfectly going well for me and I am getting every necessary supports from my team mates and the technical crew of the club.”

“You know this is a new club with new activities but I can always say I will make it better here by the time I settle down, I have my dream and team have seen what I can offer, so I believe it is a matter of time to be great here.”