MFM FC attacker Sikiru Olatunbosun has distanced himself from being dubbed the new Rashidi Yekini – saying he still has a long way to go to achieve Yekini’s feat.

The late Rashidi Yekini is Nigeria’s all time record scorer with 37 goals in 58 appearances.

An in an exclusive interview with Punch, Olatunbosun, who came into limelight following his goal against Rangers that was nominated for the 2017 Puskas Award said football fans were the ones drawing comparison between him and Rashidi Yekini, but distanced himself from such comparison.

The power-playing forward noted that he would prefer to play like himself and not anybody else.

“I have never drawn a comparison between me and the late Yekini, who is a football legend in Nigeria,” Olatunbosun said.

I believe that fans and those who watch the way a player plays are the ones who can liken you to a senior footballer in terms of style of play. I know I am a power-playing forward because I like to take on defenders and play a lot of shots, but I don’t think I am close to what I know of the late Yekini.

“I can say I am not the new Yekini because I still have a long way to go and I also have a lot to learn to reach that level.

 “I will say I play like myself and not like anyone else.”

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Olatubosun, who formed a great partnership in the 2017 season with the duo of Onuwa and Stephen Odey submitted that he was missing the latter.

Stephen Odey bagged 23 goals in 42 appearances for MFM FC before joining Swiss side FC Zurich towards the end of the 2017 season.

Olatunbosun confessed that he missed the partnership with Odey, but noted that Odey’s departure had nothing to do with the club poor scoring this season.

“If I say I didn’t miss Odey, I would be lying.Our partnership was wonderful.

“But I wouldn’t say it has affected the club’s goals scoring because we have other players scoring the goals. Forming a partnership with a player takes time and when it clicks, the product will be seen in the goals being scored.

“No player will stay at a club forever. Odey has left but I and Onuwa are still there and we are working more on getting the goals,” he added.






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Former Super Eagles’ captain Nwankwo Kanu, through his manager, Onyebuchi Abia has confirmed the sale of Papilo FC.

Scorenigeria reported that Kanu sold Papilo's slot in the Nigeria National League (NNL) to Calabar Rovers.

Reports have it that the former Arsenal striker was frustrated over bias by match officials, who he claims do favour government-owned clubs.

On why Kanu sold the club, his manager, Abia quashed talks of frustration and cited Kanu’s passion to channel his funds towards his youth football academy as the reason for selling the club

According to Abia, the former Eagles’ captain believes his academy (Kanu Academy) has more prospect.


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“Yes I can confirm to you that he has sold Papilo FC,” Abia, as quoted by TheCableng.

“His plans now is to channel his finances on his pet project, the Kanu Academy, which he adores as a future prospect.

“He does not want to be drawn into the stories that teams that win in the league are teams that spend money and not the best teams.

“Kanu is a major stakeholder in Nigerian football and desires all that is positive for Nigerian football.”


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