Olorunleke Ojo has said he moved to Abia Warriors because of the pedigree of their new coach Imama Amapakabo, who joined the club last month.
The former Akwa United goalkeeper was on Friday unveiled by the Umuahia-based Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) outfit, whom he teamed up with from Sunshine Stars.
In an exclusive interview with www.busybuddiesng.com, the ex-Flying Eagles shot-stopper disclosed that former Super Eagles assistant coach Amapakabo, who won the NPFL with Rangers in 2016, was the main reason he decided to shift base to Umuahia.
“To be frank with you, my coming here (Abia Warriors) is more encouraged with the coming of Imama (Amapakabo),” Ojo, who turns 25 on Monday said.
“Abia Warriors is not a small club, and for them to have gone to the extent of employing him, it really shows that they mean business and ready for great things ahead of them.
“I think he is good, and Imama is one of the reasons that I even came here. He is a coach that every player would want to work with. So, I thank God for this privilege that at last, what I have been longing for has finally come.”
The modest Abia Warriors side have been in the top flight since 2014, with no major trophy to show for it. However, Ojo is confident the story will soon change.
Asked what he intends to achieve with Abia Warriors, he said: “Greatness, greatness as many as they come. I am very positive that things are going to come good.
“Yes, I’m very, very optimistic. We are going to do our best to ensure that at the end of the day, we get something positive.”
Ojo, who once played for the now defunct Giwa FC, was an integral part of the Akwa United side that won the 2017 AITEO Cup.
He is expected to face stiff competition from fellow goalie Martins Edafe, who joined Abia Warriors from Dakkada FC earlier in the week.