Mountain of Fire Ministries FC striker Sikiru Olatunbosun is the latest sensation in the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League season.
The striker did his rising stock no harm with a powerfully volleyed goal in MFM's 2-1 home win against league champions Enugu Rangers on Friday, February 24th at the Agege Stadium, Lagos in their Matchday-10 game.
The striker speaks with Completesportsnigeria.com
Your fantastic volley against Rangers must be the best goal you've scored in your career, or have you scored a better one?
The goal I scored against Enugu Rangers last week Friday at the Agege Stadium is the best goal in my career so far. I saw the positioning of the defender (Matthew Etim), so I knew that if I flicked the ball above his head, it will take him unawares. I also saw their goalkeeper's position.
Some fans believe your wonder goal was a 'lucky' one. What do you say about that?
Well everybody is entitled to their opinions. I meant to hit the ball and score from that effort. The space was there in their goalpost. The ball was on my left foot so I directed it to the other side of the post!
Have you seen the playback of the goal on television?
(Smiles) Yes, I've seen it
How does that make you feel?
(Laughs) I'm happy for myself and the team in general. I hope to score a few more like that this season.
Congratulations Sikiru, the goal has been nominated by Cable News Network (CNN) for its Goal of the Week award. How does that make you feel?
Thank you. I'm excited by that recognition. If such a big organization can identify with my efforts, that means I should work harder.
MFM were in the relegation zone towards the end of last season. Did that have an impact on the team's objectives at the start of this season?
The position we found ourselves towards the end of last season was one I hoped we won't experience again. It was scary really. Yes, the coaches, players, and the management met several times and we spoke about our fight for survival last season and what to do on and off the pitch to ensure we do not find ourselves in that situation again.
Tell us where you have played before MFM FC?
Actually, MFM is my first professional club. I have not played big football prior to my arrival here.
And would you like to be a one-club man?
(Laughs) I don't know yet, but this is a great club. We want to keep our fans happy. I'm happy so far here.
What was the support like from your family as you took to football as a career?
Massive. I had always told my family I wanted to play football, and they backed me all the way.
Why do you wear the jersey number 2, even as a forward player instead of maybe number 9? Any reason for picking the number?
I just love the number 2 jersey. There are players who have the 'odd' numbers at the back of their jerseys, take for instance Asamoah Gyan of Ghana with the number 3, Nwankwo Kanu and Emmanuel Adebayor with the number 4 , and others like that.
Your performances last season and so far this season must have reached the ears of Super Eagles coach Gernot Rhor and also clubs in Europe. What is your target, what do you hope to achieve this year?
My target actually is to play in the Super Eagles and in the near future the big clubs in Europe.
Do you feel threatened that the overseas-based players will deny you that chance to be in the national team?
Well the overseas-based players started from somewhere before they were invited to the national team. But I know if the chance comes for me,I will play. I'm not afraid at all.
Nigeria will play against Burkina Faso and Senegal later this month (March, 2017) in international friendlies. How do you feel about your chances of getting a call up for those matches?
I will be working hard to impress the coaches with my performances. I think the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers starts in July. That could be a good time to kick-start my international career.
Tell us your most difficult match so far this season in the league.
So far so good, I have not seen the difficult match this season really (laughs).
What do you think will be the ideal target for MFM this season: to play in the CAF club competitions or fight retain your NPFL status?
Apparently to play in one the CAF competitions preferably the Champions League. To achieve that, we have to win as many games as possible, not just at home, but also away matches.
Who is your all-time best player in the Nigerian league. Which player is also your best in the Super Eagles, the very best of all-time?
Chisom Egbuchulam who has left the Nigeria league for Sweden (BK Hacken) is my best all-time best player in the NPFL. He is strong, quick and scores brilliant goals. Austin Jay Jay Okocha is my best all-time Super Eagles star. For the current Super Eagles, I'll go for Victor Moses. Moses was the best Nigerian player last season. I like the way he plays, also very fast with the ball. He is doing great with Chelsea now, and undoubtedly, one of the top stars of the season in England.
And what of world football. Who is your favorite in your position as a striker?
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is my best striker in world football at the moment. I mean he's even the world's best player officially. The guy is just awesome.
what's your boot size?
Do you want to buy one for me (long laughter). You can buy for me o, I won't mind. Anyway I wear size 43.
It's a pleasure speaking with you. best good luck.
Thank you very much, it's nice speaking with you too.