Ab­dul­rah­man Bashir: I’m hun­gry for my first league ti­tle with Eny­imba

IV Newly signed Eny­imba FC striker, Ab­dul­rah­man Bashir has said his num­ber one de­sire is to win his first league ti­tle with the ‘peo­ples ele­phants’ of Aba. The for­mer ABS, Lobi Stars and Nasarawa United striker told SHOT! that since he turned pro­fes­sional

Weekly Trust - - Interview - David Ngobua ow is life with you in your new club, Eny­imba FC of Aba? What is your tar­get in Eny­imba for the 2018 foot­ball sea­son? You spent some sea­sons in Nasarawa United. What was your ex­pe­ri­ence in the club? So why did you leave Nasarawa United for E

HEvery­thing is very okay. I have played in the club be­fore so I am just fine here. I know ex­actly what they need and what they can do. I know most of the play­ers here. Even when I left the club, I still played against them sev­eral times. So we are like long time friends. There­fore, when I re­turned it was easy for me to set­tle down.

My first tar­get is to win the league ti­tle. I want to win tro­phies for Eny­imba. Since I started play­ing pro­fes­sional foot­ball, I am yet to win a ti­tle with any of the clubs that I have played for. I played for ABS, Eny­imba, Lobi Stars, Nasarawa United and now Eny­imba but I am yet to win a league ti­tle so this time I want to win as many tro­phies as pos­si­ble. I would like to win the con­fed­er­a­tion Cup, the league ti­tle and Ai­teo Cup. This is my dream and I be­lieve that we have the cal­i­bre of play­ers who can do the job. It is all about hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion. I am re­ally hun­gry for my first league ti­tle.

My time in Nasarawa United was a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. I had the sup­port of ev­ery­one in the club. The coaches, man­age­ment, my team mates and the fans loved me greatly. The only thing is that they ex­pected so much from me be­cause they knew about my pedi­gree as a striker. But I am happy that de­spite the in­jury I suf­fered, I still did my best for the club. My hap­pi­ness is that even when I was in­jured, they showed con­cern. I was not aban­doned. No­body forced me to play and I was given all the nec­es­sary at­ten­tion. So in a nut­shell, I re­ally en­joyed my stay in Nasarawa United. I want to re­it­er­ate that Lafia is just like my sec­ond home. How­ever, I left Nasarawa United be­cause I want to move for­ward in my ca­reer. As a pro­fes­sional, I have to give pri­or­ity at­ten­tion to my ca­reer. Eny­imba will be play­ing in the con­ti­nent and I know that that is a big stage for me to mar­ket my­self as a player. I did not leave Nasarawa United be­cause of any prob­lem.

Like I told you ear­lier, I suf­fered an in­jury that kept me out for some time so I only man­aged to score six goals which was a far cry from what I wanted for my­self and the club. I missed up to 12 matches.

This time I am okay. I am rear­ing to go. All I can say is that even if the league com­mences to­day, I will give my new club my best per­for­mance. Al­though I had a lit­tle knock dur­ing our pre-sea­son camp­ing in Akure, it is noth­ing se­ri­ous. We are all ready for the 2018 sea­son.

I have not played un­der him but I played against him so many times in the past. Let me say even be­fore now, he knew about me and we in­ter­acted once in a while when he was in charge of Eny­imba and Warri Wolves. I played against his teams. So I can say he is not a to­tal stranger to me. As a mat­ter of fact, he is like a father to us and is do­ing his best to take ev­ery­body along. He is a coach who knows his job.

We are go­ing to go far in the con­fed­er­a­tion Cup. We have a man­age­ment that knows ev­ery­thing about con­ti­nen­tal foot­ball. Our tech­ni­cal ad­viser Paul Aig­boun too has been there sev­eral times so he knows the business at that level. In ad­di­tion, most of the play­ers in Eny­imba have ex­pe­ri­enced con­ti­nen­tal foot­ball. So we have the cal­i­bre of play­ers who can do the job but we still need luck to achieve our dream in the con­ti­nent.

It is pos­si­ble be­cause we are not com­pletely new to one another. We play in the same league and have met a num­ber of times in the course of play­ing for our for­mer clubs. More­over, those who as­sem­bled us in Eny­imba know that as pro­fes­sion­als it won’t take us a long time to blend. All we need is to lis­ten to in­struc­tions and play pro­fes­sion­ally. Al­ready we are adapt­ing very fast to the foot­ball phi­los­o­phy of the tech­ni­cal ad­viser.

Our league is im­prov­ing un­der the League Man­age­ment Com­pany. Shehu Dikko and his team are do­ing a fan­tas­tic job. More money is com­ing into the league. Of­fi­ci­at­ing too has im­proved. Ref­er­ees are now be­ing fair and firm. It is now pos­si­ble for teams to win away or draw. This is good for the league. How­ever, we are not yet there. There is need for im­prove­ment in ar­eas like play­ers’ wel­fare. Play­ers de­serve bet­ter treat­ment.

One thing I know is that no mat­ter how good you are, you can­not force your­self on the na­tional team. You must ex­er­cise pa­tience and wait for God’s time

Ev­ery­body has been ask­ing this ques­tion but foot­ball is a game of time and chance. When you get your chance no­body will stop you. When it is my time, they will call me to come over and make my con­tri­bu­tions. I am still do­ing my best and pray­ing to God for a chance. One thing I know is that no mat­ter how good you are, you can­not force your­self on the na­tional team. You must ex­er­cise pa­tience and wait for God’s time. Once He says yes, no­body can say no. So I am yet to make my mark in the Su­per Ea­gles but I still be­lieve that my time will come in no dis­tant fu­ture. I am not wor­ry­ing my­self over my in­abil­ity to play for the Su­per Ea­gles.

To be hon­est I was re­ally happy when I scored. Al­though it is a nor­mal thing to score, I couldn’t be­lieve I scored against a club like Atletico Madrid. It took me some sec­onds to be­lieve it re­ally hap­pened. How­ever, I quickly con­cluded that it was a match and it is nor­mal for a striker to score. So I was re­ally happy but that is his­tory now. If I get a sim­i­lar op­por­tu­nity in fu­ture, I will do the same thing.

No doubt it was an im­por­tant goal and it will linger in my mem­ory for a long time but I can­not say it is my best be­cause I still have many goals to score. My best goal is yet to come.

Ab­dul­rah­man Bashir in action for his for­mer club, Nasarawa United against FC Ifeany­iUbah in the 2017 NPFL sea­son.

Ab­dul­rah­man Bashir

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