Thursday, 15 November 2012

Fit-again EMENIKE ready to FIRE

Spartak Moscow striker Emmanuel Emenike is hoping to make the staring line-up for this weekend game against  Volga in the Russian Premier league.

The Nigerian striker was out of action for tow weeks due to back pain and has missed Spartak' two Champions League games against Benfica but has consider himself fit for this weekend clash to prove much of his fitness ahed of the Champions league game against Barcelona.

"I'm working extraordinarily to be fully fit and back to action," said Emenike.

"I have consider injury as part of the game and i have put it behind me and concentrate for the forthcoming games."
"I wish to start this weekend but all decision remains with the coach, because I am much needed in the Champions League game against Barca and i need to play part this weekend to assess my fitness rate ahead of the game."

"i'm working hard everyday to assure i play against Barcelona, that is the most important game of the season.

"I'm doing all the extra stuff, and I've just got to make an impact whenever I get the chance."

"My shirt is intact, I don't need to be afraid of my comeback, all i want is to return with good performance possibly with a goal."


I'm ripe for Eagles shirt, says ORELESI

An explosively fast left-wing back, Nurudeen Orelesi who plays for Skenderbeu in Albaniahas proved more than any other Dream Team V star in Europe.

But despite his explosive performance for his club that  won the Albanian league title and also a place in UEFA Champions League play-off ticket last season, the talented star is yet to feature for the senior national team side.

And these could be argued on his contribution to his club triumph last season.Excellent work ethic, combined with stamina and a never give up attitude has resulted in Orelesi becoming a fan favorite in Albania. A powerful, quick and hardworking defender has taken the Albanian league by storm and his success there could ultimately lead to his moving on to a bigger club.

Orelesi was born in Lagos 22 years ago and last played for local club ECO FC. Dinamo scouts watched him in action during the last Under 20 world cup in Egypt and were impressed with his tenacity, playing at left back.He remained of the finest player in the Nigeria U-23 team then, the talented defender can be remember for his net tearing goal against Germany despite the poor outing of the whole team.

The Albanian base star who had sometimes declared his mission to fight for the Super Eagles shirt was rated among the best player in the league having made lots of impact in his team’s progress to claim the title.

How are you coping with life at Albania?
I am coping well like every other layers in other european league. Of course it is small football country but its well organised and you can make it bigger in the country. Apart from football, I am also enjoying life here with my little earnings.

You have played for two big clubs in the country and you won medals. Was that still the motivation in staying put in the country?
Coming to play in Albania is by chance, you just have to start from a step. I came here to prove myself for the clubs and I really appreciate the fans supports towards my career here. I have been able to prove myself both in the league and UEFA Champions league play off, even though we couldn't make it at the end but its pleasure starting my career here.

A lot of people believe Albanian league is far from gaining some attractiveness like other major european clubs. But you have been playing anf coming to represent Nigeria from the league. How have you been doing it?
I agree with you that it can't stand some leagues like English Premiership, La Liga, Bundesliga, Dutch league, French League but the truth of the matter is that sometimes your consistency matter, forget where I play, the national team coaches can give me a call up base on my statistics on internet. It is very easy now. I thank God for everything. I played regularly for my club and that has been coming to a good profit for me.
I am still coming to play in those leagues you are saying and whatever I do here will open the doors for me. I have no regret for that.

How was the feeling after claiming the league title last season?
Of course I was excited because we came from third spot to claim it and it was a wonderful moment for me and my career.

Your game has really improved this season, what is the secret?I was determined to make name for myself in this country despite the low ranking of the league in Europe but I have vowed to make it real for myself that is why I always give it all at every point in time. I believe my game here will take me to the top. I never doubt that and I think with my game now, I can hit the top clubs in bigger league.

It seems you are more comfortable with the atmosphere of the country but with some clubs already on the queue for summer. Will you still like to continue it here?

I have surrender everything to almighty God. He knows the best and I will like him to direct me to the right path. I am satisfy with what I have done here and its time for me to challenge myself for big spot.

Don’t you think the low ranking of the league still an obstacle for your Super Eagles’ shirt despite your good playing games?
I was in the league they called me for Dream Team. Some times you just need to be at your best to get Nigeria call. You maybe thinking that the coaches are not interested in plaers from Albania but you never know his mind.
I know I have all what it takes to play in any big clubs and in Super Eagles but I don’t want to be faster than my shadow. I am learning everyday.  I also believe that Super Eagles call up can influence a bigger move and that is why I want to have a chance in the team and prove myself. I know I will still play in the team but I don’t know the time yet but I’m certain of playing in the team.

But Keshi doesn’t look the side of less foreign based stars with local league stars already on the card. How will you convince the coach for a call up?
It does not matter provided I can prove myself. I think the coach have good plans for the national team and it will also be good to have competition in the team so that everybody can be serious. But I can always make impact in my position.
I know it will be difficult to nail a shirt in the team for now, because there are lots of players on the list but I will be glad to come and prove myself. I have played in two categories of National team and my games can speak better for me.
I want the coach to give me a shirt to Nations cup. I want to prove myself better than before.

You have played almost every game for your club this season but yet you still remain the unnoticed Nigerian star…
Everything has time and I am not desperate for that but I know my own time will surely come.

Is it true that you are quitting Albanian league at the end of this season,
Yes, I wish to move to another league, I mean one of the attractive league but I am not ready to disclose anything for now.

Reports also revealed that clubs in Holland, Russia, Turkey and France are on the queue. How was that?
Last season, I have clubs from Holland that met with my club but they failed to agree and because they don't want to release me.

If you are to choose in the world, which club will you like to play for after Skenderbeu?
I am die hard Barcelona fan and that is the club I look up to while growing up. I could remember then when I used to dream of playing for the catalans. If I am to choose, ofcourse its Barcelona.

Isn't that a tall dream?It is but I will work towards it. And I can still play there one day. 


ODIBE tasks Keshi for Nations Cup shirt

Dnipro central defender Michael Odibe still dreams of playing more games for Nigeria, eager to make his mark when his invited.

Odibe has one cap to his name when he was invited by former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia for a friendly match against Sierra Leone at Teslim Balogun last year.

But a permanent switch to Dnipro does not seem to be an option for Odibe, who wants to return and star for the Super Eagles in South Africa 2013 Nations cup.

"Super Eagles is a dream of every foreign based player, I don't know why I have not been invited but I just need to keep working hard and see what happen from there.

"I don't want to believe I am not too good for a selection in the team but I just think the coach need time to test every player he invited. I am always confidence of my chance in the team but I don't know when it will come.

"Playing at the Nations Cup will gladly be a priviledge for me. I want to keep convincing the coach at every games I play maybe I can be part of the team to South Africa."

Apparently, the former FirstBank of Lagos player is frustrated with Juande Ramos rotation policy despite giving his best at every given chances.

"Some times, you just need to accept every decision taking by the coach," said Odibe.
"He knows me, he knows what I am up to but I think I just need to try more."

"I am only happy because of my growing confidence and self determination but I am not happy with rotation policies."

"We started well in the Europa game but I think we need to brave up, we need to give more of what we have been given and that is the only way to progress to the next round."


Dazzling MOSES ready for big games

Shooting Stars of Ibadan midfielder, Moses Ogaga has reiterated his commitment ahead of the new Nigerian Premier League season after dazzling in the pre-season games.

3SC have been in impressive form in their pre-season games scoring 31 goals so far, and Moses who joined the club last season said they are ready for the battles of the season.

"We are all working hard to start well the season," said Moses.

"Everybody likes what we are doing right now but we just need to be at our best when the battles begin."

"This is one of the greatest club in the history of Nigerian league and the management are looking forward to redeem the image of the club this new season."

"We are ready to adjust from our last season lapses, we don't need to be one of the league favourite, we just need to prove ourselves right."

"There is nothing like division in the team and the coaches are doing wonderfully well, we have created lots of converted chances in our preseason games and we want to keep doing that in the league."

Moses went further to speak on new life at Ibadan compare to Kano where he once played for Kano Pillars.

"Kano is my home, everybody loves me there just like they are doing here for me again. I think Kano life and Ibadan have some similarities." I am happy with life in the city. Its wonderful being here and I hope to be part of the club history in the coming season.


'Ecstatic' IHUGBA dreams BIG

Sarpsborg 08 midfielder Stanley Ihugba said he's happy for helping relegated Sarpsborg back to Norwegian topflight.

Inspirational Stanley sticked to his words by staying put in the Sarpsborg despite playing at lower league and shunned move to Germany, Russia to help his club back to topflight.

"It was a wonderful success for me and the club,"said Ihugba who was dubbed new Mikel in Norway.

"I have so much confidence in the team that is why I decided to stay and help them to achived the ticket back to topfligh."

"Sarpsborg is a club like Barcelona free flowing pattern. It will be a disaster for us not to get back. Injuries were the cause of our relegation then. We lost so many players due to injury including myself but I thank God we were able to prove that right."

"The coach as well as the management appreciate my efforts from the begining to the end but I can't guarrantee them of another season for now."

"I still have their offers on the table but I will like to meet my agent and see what is on the ground before I take a suitable decision."

"Already, there are clubs in Norway, Russia, Belgium and Turkey waiting for the season to end but I will not disclose anything now until I meet my agent and see."

"I can play anywhere, the most challenges I had in this game was to play for Sarpsborg at lower division and thank God I was able to prove it right for the club."

"There is no way I won't keep giving my best for any club that respect my nationality. They respect Nigerians in Norway. Maybe because of our exploits in the country but its a league to be for sure."

"I want to move bigger in my career, I have tasted the good and bad of the game. Some people see relegation as bad sign but its a challenge to face and conquer. I have played there and now I want to start it at the biggest environment with much spectators.


AJILORE tips Eagles for Glory

Super Eagles midfielder Oluwafemi Ajilore has tipped Stephen Keshi's team for a glorious outing in 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa.

The 26-year-old player warns that the team must be ready to fight for total battle at the tournament for the fact that no smaller team in Africa again.

"In a tournament like this, you just need to be praying for luck and be determined," said Ajilore.

"I think we have advantage to prove  and to shock critics. Nobody is considering Nigeria as one of the favourite. Everybody talks about Ivory coast, Ghana and Zambia. And that is why the invited players must remain low and go to the tournament with high hope of going for the gold."

"Of course I believe we can win the tournament in South Africa but only hardwork and determination can do that."

"We are not favourite but we can the champions."

'I think Keshi can break the york, as a former skipper of the team who lifted the trophy last, and now as the chief coach of the team, so he has a lot to prove and to improve on."

"And the bottom line is that, the team need support from everybody."