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I'm here to win with Pirates - Otorogu

Nigeria Striker Ezenwa Otorogu is looking forward to a more fulfilling career with Orlando Pirates than he had with his previous club, Club Africain of Tunisia.

Otorogu told SuperSport.com that he feels more at home in South Africa than he ever felt in Tunisia.

“I am settling down quite easily and I’m feeling at home. There are so many Nigerians and my manager, Mohammed Lawal, has been a big help. It’s also great that Pirates have a connection with Nigeria, with international players Willy Okpara and Onyekachi Okonkwo having played here. The language here is English, the culture is not far from what I know and I am just happy to be here.”

Otorogu began his career with El-Kanemi Warriors in 2002 and joined Enyimba in 2006, scoring 20 goals in 27 games. This impressive return earned the interest of clubs from abroad. He has been courted by several clubs and tried out for Ajax Cape Town, Mamelodi Sundowns, Al-Hilal and Aalborg of Denmark before settling for Pirates.

The big striker earned two caps with Nigeria at the Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup in Brazil and also starred for the B team in the Africa Nations Championship qualifier for players based in Africa. He is hoping his exploits with pirates will attract the attention of national selectors.

Nigeria Striker Ezenwa Otorogu “I hope to follow in the footsteps of Raphael Ndukwe Chukwu, who was a phenomenal striker in the PSL, and attract a call up to the Super Eagles.

“My experience so far with Pirates has been quite phenomenal. Everyone has been fantastic -- the management, the technical crew and the fans. I want to assure them that I will give my best in the colours and leave the rest to God. I believe I have what it takes and I look forward to winning big honours with the Buccaneers.”

He concluded with a promise: “My target is to make a name, make a mark and score goals, no matter how it comes.”


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