–Eagles striker sets new season target
Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike will recieve instructions from newly appointed coach Ismail Kartal who has steped up from assistant manager to become head coach at the Super Lig champions.
Emenike’s first competitive game of the season under new coach will be against fierce rivals Galatasaray in the Turkish Super Cup before they begin their title defence on August 31 against his former team Karabukspor.
The 53-year-old has been part of the backroom staff at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium since 2010, having spent a decade at the club during his playing career.
Ersun Yanal resigned from the head coach position over the weekend, despite winning Fener’s 19th Super Lig title in his sole season in charge.
And his former right-hand man Kartal says he is more than ready for the challenge that lies ahead and is fully focused on helping Fener win back-to-back titles for the first time since 2004-05.
“I have worked very hard and waited a long time for this chance,” he said. “We had great success with Aykut [Kocaman] and Ersun in the past four years.
“I will concentrate on my work and the championship, we will be fully prepared for the league.”
Emenike also said he is looking forward to another successful season in Turkey by scoring more goals and winning more trophies with Fenerbahce.
Emenike was key to Fenerbahce clinching the Turkish league crown last season as he fired 13 goals and he has now said he wishes to do more in the new season.
“Last season was great for me, but I believe this season is going to be bigger in terms of trophies for us and goals for me,” Emenike told AfricanFootball.com
“We have a very strong mentality to attain success every year, we can only get stronger and everyone is ready to go all out for more success.”
He added: “As defending champions, we should expect tough battles when the league resumes because other teams want to win too, but we are not going to be under pressure to defend our title. We are good to go for the season as Fenerbahce will dominate for a long time.
“I am very convinced that we will retain the league title and even get other trophies.”
Emenike also said on a personal note he aims to score more goals than he did last season.
“I have been working hard in training since I rejoined my team so that I can start the season on top form because that is only way I can get more goals than last season,” he said.
“I am as ready as ever to score more goals and to live up to the expectations. I am ready to take more responsibilities and score more goals.”
The Turkish Super League will kick off on August 31 with Fenerbache at home to Emenike’s former club Karabukspor.