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
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?."