By Abiola Shodiya
Al-Merriekh of Sudan’s Kelechi Osunwa is confident his side can upturn a 3-0 deficit when they take on Rivers United in the second leg of the CAF Champions League this weekend.
Osunwa, who left the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) 12 years ago from Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt, told AOIfootball.com that Al-Merreikh lost because they were overwhelmed by Rivers United’s fans.
“Well, you know how Port Harcourt is; we don’t really have fans in Nigeria but I was overwhelmed with the crowd that came. In the past, when we used to play in the Champions League, we had such fans but in league games and friendlies you don’t see such crowd. It was amazing to see the whole stadium filled up with people dancing and singing.
“Well, I can’t compare here to Sudan because in Sudan the fans are diehard supporters of football. So I’m confident that in the return leg, our fans can also help us overturn the game against Rivers United,” said Osunwa.
Osunwa further explained why he left the Nigerian league for Sudan.
“Well, I thank God for my stay in Sudan. It’s been successful to me. I’ve stayed in Sudan for over a decade. This is my 12th season in Sudan. It’s has been fruitful all through.”
“It wasn’t really my ideal place but I had to choose Sudan because they were very serious; they contacted me and were very keen on signing me. I thought it was a good move, rather than playing back home in Nigeria because that same year, I won the league and FA Cup with Dolphins. So, I think it was the right time to move ahead with my career and I took the step.”
Kelechi has two other Nigerians plying their trade in Al-Merrikh with him- Dayo Ojo and Kunle Odunlami, who also left the NPFL.
“It’s just cool playing with them as have this brotherly love going for us. We do things together, make our Nigerian foods together and eat together. I let them know about the place, because I’ve been there for a while. I’ve experience about their lifestyle. We get along very well,” he said.
Rivers United take a 3-goal advantage to Sudan to play Al-Merreikh this weekend in the second leg of their CAF Champions League encounter.
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