Abia Warriors FC captain Austin Obaroakpo has declared that the friendly games lined up for the NPFL All Stars team in their upcoming tour of Spain next week are no friendlies at all, as the team have the mandate to defend the good image of the Nigerian Professional Football League in Spain.
Speaking exclusively to papilonews.com, Obaroakpo who was the vice captain of the Nigerian homebased team to the last CHAN in Rwanda and who is also a prominent member of the NPFL selection that will play Valencia taking on Malaga and Atletico Madrid in the Trofoe Carranza La Liga World Club Tournament declared that the team is not taking the games as friendlies as they are determined to do the nation proud in Spain.
“We know the task ahead and therefore we are not taking anything for granted,” began the ebony complexioned central defender. “A lot depends on us and even though we will be facing quality opposition we believe in our quality and want to assure Nigerians that we will do them proud.
“The Nigerian league has improved tremendously. We will showcase this to the world in Spain. Aside the immense talent in the team, in coach Salisu Yusuf we have a great and technically sound coach, just like his able assistants.
“The games in Spain are officially friendly matches but to us they are not friendlies because a lot is at stake. Our reputation is at stake, and even our futures are at stake so we will all do our best to give account of ourselves in Spain.”