15th February, 2012
Super Eagles and Heartland of Owerri creative midfielder, Ibenegbu Ikechukwu, told ADEBOBOLA ALAWODE in this interview that they are ready for the Leone Star of Liberia in today’s international friendly match in Monrovia.
You have been a regular for the home-based Eagles and the Beach Eagles, what is the secret?
It is the handiwork of God and hard work. I put my all in training and even in match situation I give more than 100%.
After weeks of training, the Home-Eagles will today face the Leone Star of Liberia in an international friendly, what is your expectation?
What else do you expect from us? We are battle ready for them, we are raring to go and I’m upbeat we will come out victorious.
After the friendly today, the team have a 2013 Nations Cup qualifier against the Amavubi of Rwanda; do you think you can make the team with the coming of some foreign players?
I have told those who care to listen that big names don’t play football. Look at the just concluded Nations Cup, nobody gave the Chipolopolo of Zambia a chance but they surprised everybody. That is football. I can make the team.
What will be your input if you eventually make the team?
I will convince the coaches to know that what the foreign-based players can do, I can do better.
How will you rate the Nigeria Premier League, NPL?
The league can only get better. Our league is even better than some other leagues in the world.
You are a veteran in the league, are you saying there have not been offers from you?
There have been series of offers but I’m just taking my time so I won’t rush into slavery like some other footballers.
Where do you see yourself in the near future?
I want to be the most sought after footballer in the world.
If you are not on the pitch, what do you?
Once I’m not playing I simply relax in my room.
How do you relax?
Most times I relax by chatting with my friends and fans on facebook and other social networking sites.