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Fitness pass excites Kano Pillars defender

24 April 2015, 11:22

Lagos - Kano Pillars centre-back Reuben Ogbonnaya is a happy man after being passed fit to resume playing football again, Supersport reports.

Ogbonnaya, who was given time off to rest and recuperate from his wounds, is back in Kano and cannot wait to get back in the groove for the ‘Sai Masugida.’

The former El-Kanemi defender was among the players, who were injured when armed robbers attacked the Kano Pillars team bus along the Abaji-Lokoja road on their way to honour a Glo Premier League clash with Heartland in March.

Ogbonnaya, alongside Gambo Muhammed, Eneji Otekpa, Ubong Ekpai and Adamu Murtala were among the severely injured but Ogbonnaya will soon join Murtala who has since resumed playing.

Also read: Kano Pillars keeper rues bus attack

“I’m glad that I can play again after about two weeks out from the game,” Ogbonnaya told supersport.com.

“I had to take a rest after the stitches were removed. I’m glad the bullet didn't enter my skull. The pellet has been removed and the wound is healed enough for me to start training again.

“God has been kind to me and I also want to thank the management, fans and my teammates for their support. I really appreciate them."

Ogbonnaya, who featured in both legs of the ill-fated Caf Champions League clash with Moghreb Atletic de Tetouan, wants to help Pillars win the league again to get back into the continent.

“I’ve been following all the games the team played during my absence. I kept praying for them and supporting them to succeed," he revealed.

“I’ll start training (on Friday) and hopefully prove my fitness to the coaches.

“I hope to make the bench at least in our next game and hopefully earn a starter's shirt subsequently.

“The unfortunate ouster from the Caf Champions League has actually pumped our resolve to win the league so that we can get back into Africa again. It will be tough but it is possible."

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- SuperSport


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