28th February, 2011
Bernard is one of the latest siblings from the football family of NigeriaÂ´s most celebrated superbrat, Tarila Okorowanta. Though more refined than his tempestuous brother. The two shared a common interest in foothball. His best friend is Jesus Christ, but inside the pitch, Super Eaglesâ€™ formerÂ captain, Jay-Jay Okocha, is his idol.Â He started his career with Union Bank F.C., Lagos. Although he holds sad memories of his first season with the bankers when playing in the last match of the season before going to Europe. He had an ankle injury. Bernard took his career European teams in Israel and Turkey. Bernard is one of the Super Eagles Team B to the botched Obama Cup. The Enyimba of Aba player told P.M.Sports a little about his career before the team left for the US.
How do you feel being part of the team to Green Bowl Tourney in the US?
Iâ€™ m very happy to be part of the team. It is not that Iâ€™m better than others playing in the league, Iâ€™m just lucky toÂ be part of the team.
After a stint in Europe, how do you feel playing for Enyimba?
Really, it has not been easy coming back home to restart my career, butÂ I enjoy playing for the current league champions, Enyimba of Aba. The team, as far as I am concerned, is the best team in Nigeria. Donâ€™t forget that they are playing the CAF Champions League. So my focus now is to help theÂ teamÂ win the Champions League for the third time.
I also have to play well to get offer in the next transfer window.
Do you have any regret playing in the local league?
I would not say that I have regret playing at home. I was with Bayelsa United and we played on the continent.
We also got to theÂ CAF Confederations Cup semi final andÂ we are almost close to the group stage of the Champions League.Â Iâ€™m also aÂ member of the Super Eagles team for the Obama Cup. So I have every reason to be happy and I know that at the right time I will make the move.
With the name, Okorowanta, are you not under the shadow of your elder brother, Tarila?
Well, youâ€™re right. Any time I tell people my name they remember my elder brotherâ€™s name, Tarila, whom they refer to as a Superbrat and a very stubborn but good player.
My brother had done well for the family and intend toÂ do more.Â He encouraged me as a young player. He was the one that bought my first soccer boot. So I respect him a lot.