Nigerian striker Obiozor targets 15 goals in SA

Nigerian striker Obiozor targets 15 goals in SA
Christian Obiozor is challenged by Davies Ukeme during the 2013 Nigeria Professional Football League Match between Rangers and Akwa United on September 18, 2013 at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu ©Norbert Okolie/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jul 25, 2017. 10:00

Nigeria international Christian Obiozor hopes to impress in his first season with Orlando Pirates as he targets 15 goals during the upcoming 2017/18 campaign.

The tall striker recently joined the South African giants from Nigerian side Enyimba on a long-term deal.

“Pirates are like Real Madrid. It’s a club that wants to win trophies all the time. In order for you to do that, you have to give 100%,” Obiozor told the Sunday Times.

“My agent and I met with the chairman (Irvin Khoza) last week. He has a good relationship with the chairman of Enyimba (Felix Anyasi-Agwu).

“Chairman Khoza told me a lot about the club and made me aware that an Enyimba player [Onyekachi Okonkwo] once came here and played for Pirates,” he added.

The 22-year-old centre forward stated that he is aware of the expectations at Pirates, who have won the Premier Soccer League (PSL) title four times.

“A season without a trophy is sad for the players. By the grace of God this is going to be a good season for Pirates. The coach [Kjell Jonevret] gave me a word of encouragement. He talked to me as his son, saying ‘this season we need to push’ and I said ‘Ok Sir’," he revealed.

Obiozor is eager to emulate his countryman Raphael Chukwu, who was a prolific striker for South African side Mamelodi Sundowns.

“What Chukwu did for Sundowns motivates me. If I can get 15 goals this season I will be very happy for myself. By the grace of God, it will happen," he explained.

"As a striker, when you come to a club you have to set targets. Otherwise what is the point?."



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