#BounceExclusive: Nigeria League Goal King Keeps Hope Alive For Russia 2018
The race to get a spot on the Super Eagles team to next year’s World Cup Russia has already begun.
Though the skeleton of the team looks formed, there are speculations that some players may gate-crash into the team.
One of those not ruling himself out of the Russia 2018 World Cup is the current Nigeria League goal king, Anthony Okpotu.
Okpotu was recently given an award by the Rashidi Yekini Foundation having finished as the top gun in the NPFL with 19 goals.
Bounce Sports caught up with Okpotu in the ancient city of Ibadan and the dreadlocked striker shared his World Cup dreams and many more.
"Nothing is impossible, as a player you will look at yourself and say you could be on that team.
"Unfortunately, that decision doesn’t lie with you but with the coach who is also trying to see how best he can manage his resources and the give the country the result that they desire.
"One must only continue to do his part while other things will fall in place as God has planned them”, Okpotu said.
While playing in the World Cup is on his mind now, Okpotu suggests he played his first tournament in his mother’s womb.
"I will say football for me started from my mother’s womb, right from when I was born till when I joined the Lobi Stars Feeder team in 2009.
"I got promoted to the senior team in 2010, that was when I started my professional career.
"I left for Libya in 2013, played there for two seasons and came back, re-joined Lobi stars and I have been with them ever since", Okpotu added.
For Okpotu, nothing comes in-between him and the round leather game.
"I have no other interest from football. If I am not playing football on the pitch or on the streets, I am watching it or playing it through video games." The Lobi striker stated.
Same way Okpotu is in love with football, he likes good music as supplied by one of his kinsmen, Tuface Idibia.
"My best artiste is Tu Face Idibia. If you listen to the lyrics of his songs, you will see that he preaches, he doesn’t just sing. And his messages are evergreen. He is blessed. I don’t refer to him as a musician; I call him an icon", Okpotu declared.
Scoring 19 goals was good for Okpotu and emerging as the first player to score three hat tricks within a season was also fantastic.
The Lobi striker need not think twice when asked of his best goal of the season.
"The freekick against MFM, it was from almost 30 yards. It was pretty special because I practiced it for a long time and I finally got it right against MFM". Okpotu said with a sense of fulfilment.
As it would be expected, offers are coming in for Okpotu but this is what he had to say about his future: "For now, I am still a Lobi Stars player but as it is with football, you can never predict."
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