The name, Peter Ebimobowei, for two seasons in a row between 2013 and 2014, the Bayelsa-born forward was a torment unto many a defence in the NPFL, finishing among the top scorers for those seasons in the elite division with his hometown club, Bayelsa United.
The striker, known for his predatory instincts inside the penalty box left for Egyptian giants Al Ahly in 2015 before apparently going under the radar after one season with the Red Devils and a further year with another Egyptian side Entag Al Harby.
The striker have now settled in Northern Cyprus, Eastern Europe where he has started the season like a house on fire with his side Binatli FC. In a league that has a rich collection of former Nigerian league players, Ebimobowei has netted six times in his club’s opening four games to the new season including a hattrick last weekend.
Ebimobowei is now the joint leading scorer in the Northern Cyprus league alongside a former NPFL star, Onyekachi Okafor who last played for Rivers United before leaving Nigeria.
“Scoring gives me happiness. So I’m happy I’m now scoring again at Binatli,” Ebimobowei told www.aclsports.com from his club base. The KTFF is a good league. A league where some of the stars are playing, the likes of Lua-Lua and the rest so there is competition here too,” he added.
Apart from Ebimobowei and Okafor, other Nigerian players in the league include (but not limited to) the likes of John Okoye, Chinonso Offor and former Kwara United star, Felix Obada. “It’s always good to see my fellow countrymen. When we play against ourselves, we catch up and hang out after the games. It makes us feel less lonely,” said Ebimobowei.
The ultimate aim is always to play in the main leagues of Europe among the big guns and the former Al Mesaimeer of Qatar striker still has his sights set on that. “By the grace of God, my fans will see me in the top league very soon. I have to take my time and build it slowly. For now, scoring six times in four games so far is a good start here.”
Before leaving Nigeria, Ebimobowei scored 18 league goals, all from open play for Bayelsa United in the 2013/14 season to finish behind Emem Eduok (now of Turkish side Kasimpasa) and Mfon Udoh on the scorers’ chart.
He also reached double figures in the 2012/13 league season when he netted ten times in a season which ended abruptly for him.