Friday, August 14, 2009

Tornadoes Can Compete For Title - Fabiyi

Niger Tornadoes’ new boy, Olaniyi Fabiyi, has picked his Premier League side as one of the teams that would compete for the title when the new campaign gets underway next month.
The Benin Republic goalkeeper told that he is optimistic that the club can challenge for the Premier League trophy next season.
The goalkeeper, who moved from Bayelsa United to Niger Tornadoes this month, said the management of the club is ambitious and wants to win laurels in the coming years.
Fabiyi said he joined the Minna Premier League outfit in order to win trophies and disclosed that the management of the side has stated that its plan is to win honours hence its recruitment policy in this off-season.
Earlier this week, the club announced the appointment of former Akwa United coach, Godwin Uwua and stated that his appointment is a testimony to the club’s ambition ahead of the coming season.
“Just like the other teams, Niger Tornadoes can compete for the title next season. The club has the experience and that is one of the reasons I decided to join them for next season. The club management said that they want to win something next season and I believe that we can win the league next season,” he said.
He also explained that after torrid spells at Enyimba and Bayelsa United in the past two seasons after he featured as a fringe goalkeeper.
Fabiyi, who is a Lagosian, continued that as the number one goalkeeper for his adopted country, Benin Republic, he wants to play first-team football to stay in shape for selectors of his country to continually field him in international games.
“The role of a goalkeeper is one that is full of risks. As the goalkeeper of Benin Republic I need to play regularly so that I can be fit and be in form for international matches. But I didn’t get such chance at Bayelsa United and Enyimba, which were my last clubs. That is one major reason that I decided to join Niger Tornadoes. But I know that I will still have to prove myself to keep that shirt,” he said.
Asked if he dreads that his former clubs, Bayelsa United and Enyimba, could turn out to be obstacles to Niger Tornadoes’ title aspiration next season, Fabiyi simply said he is ready to prove that his side can create an upset.

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