Lobi Stars FC striker Sikiru Alimi has admitted to www.aclsports.com that he is emotional ahead of his return to Warri, his first Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) homeground on Sunday.
Alimi and his Lobi colleagues are guests of Warri Wolves in a Match Day 7 game at the Warri Township Stadium on Sunday, the first time the goal poacher will be playing as an opponent against the club that gave him his NPFL debut in 2015.
Warri Wolves have had a not-too-impressive start to the campaign, winning just one of their six matches played so far and Alimi does not know precisely what to expect in terms of the atmosphere.
“Honestly, I don’t know what the atmosphere will look like, but I’m looking forward to it,” began the prolific striker to www.aclsports.com
“Of course it will be an emotional return for me but that will not disturb us from doing our jobs. We are professionals.”
Lobi Stars are currently placed fourth on the table and are yet to lose since their opening day defeat at league leaders Plateau United.
Alimi attributes their good form to the work of new coach Gbenga Ogunbote and the competition in the team.
“Well, the reason for our good form isn’t far-fetched.
“The gaffer isn’t new to the system, so he knows how to bring out the best from the players. Competition is really higher in the team now and the rate of hardwork isn’t minimal,” says Alimi who already has three league goals from five games this term.
Warri Wolves vs Lobi Stars is one of eight league games holding on Sunday. Two games are postponed due to the continental engagements of champions Enyimba and Rangers International.