Lagos - Enugu Rangers goalkeeper Itodo Akor is finally starting to settle in at the Nigerian club, after what has been a rather rocky start to the Nigeria Premier League campaign.
Rangers have only won one match this season and that victory was recorded against Sharks on Matchday Two. However, Akor now feels that he is in a better position to operate as the team's first choice stopper.
"Actually, it is a great challenge because Rangers itself is a great team," Akor told the League Management Company.
"So manning the post for them is a great pleasure for me. You just have to keep doing your best outside match days. In the team's training and outside training, putting yourself in the right shape."
Every season, the expectations for Rangers are exceedingly high and even if the club's objectives are realised, the pressure is always there for the players to up the ante when the situation demands it. Akor said this was why the competition for places in the team was so stiff.
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"We have very good goalkeepers in the team. There is competition everywhere. We have Uche Okafor (a former U-17 and U-20 star) who is one of Nigeria's international goalkeepers, we have Emmanuel (Daniel) at the Olympic team so for me to be chosen, it means the team's handlers believe in me and I have to always do my best to justify them," added Akor.
At this juncture Rangers occupy the 15th position in the league standings, having accumulated just three points this season.
Rangers have not enjoyed considerable success in the Nigerian top flight since the 1980s and Akor wants to help his club return to the summit of Nigerian football.
"We want to bring back the glory days. We have resolved to win a major trophy this season, be it the league or the Federation Cup and I believe the indifferent results at the start notwithstanding, we will achieve our ambitions," he concluded.
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