Ahead of the new NPFL season, Rangers International Football Club midfield maestro, Obinna Nwobodo, has said that his team can retain the league title they won last season after a 32-year jinx.
Speaking yesterday at the team’s pre-season camp in Benin City, Nwobodo said he has his sights set on new strides for the Flying Antelopes in the three competitions the team will be participating in, the CAF Champions League, the NPFL and the Federation Cup.
Obinna, who has been likened to great midfielders like former Spanish international, Xavi and Argentine playmaker, Juan Roman Riquelme by Rangers’ faithful, said preparations were on top gear as the team looks to improve on its performance from last season.
“We’re preparing very well and I believe I’ll put up an improved performance in the coming season. The competition in the team will be intense as no one is sure of a starter’s shirt and that’s why everyone in the team will need to work hard”, Obinna told npfl.ng.
On the recruitment system of the champions ahead of the new season, the former FC Inter midfielder hailed the management and expressed optimism that the Nigerian champions can retain their title and of course, do well on the continent.
“Yes, I think we can do it; we can retain the title. Most of the players have been together and with the new ones the management is recruiting, I think we can only get stronger,” he said.
Most keen followers of the beautiful game of football can testify to the brilliant display and dexterity Obinna Nwobodo put up last season in the Nigeria Professional Football League.
Scoring seven important goals (three of which were match winners) and six assists, pundits argued that his impact was instrumental to the breaking of the 32-year-old jinx Rangers International suffered from.
He was remarkably influential in Imama Amapakabo’s team and that saw him start 29 times for the champions and he started as a substitute just once.
Nwobodo celebrated his 20th birthday yesterday and is currently with the team at the Benin camp seriously preparing for the new season.