Former home-based Super Eagles midfielder, Osas Okoro, participated in the inaugural Complete Sports Celebrity Workout staged at the The Palms Lekki, Lagos on December 29 2018. He also spared some time to talk about the fitness event and his current career at Zambia top league side, Buildcon FC. Interview by Sulaiman Alao.
COMPLETE SPORTS: Good to have you grace the Complete Sports Celebrity Workout..
OSAS OKORO: Thank you for inviting me. I feel honoured to be part of this. I think it is a good program to help us footballers and members of the public to keep fit which is good for everybody.
What is the importance of participating in an event like this?
It is very important for everyone to keep fit because doing so enhances the general well-being of such an individual. Taking part in workouts makes one healthy as one hardly fall sick. It is definitely something to be encouraged.
You now star for Buildcon FC in Zambia after a successful career playing for several clubs in the Nigerian league. How has the experience been so far in Zambia?
Well, it’s been a good experience and an interesting one. Zambia is a very good country in the southern part of Africa. It is not a big country like Nigeria, but the people are warm and hospitable. Also, they have a very organized football league.
I thank God I did well in the league season that has ended, and my club finished in the top 10. Now that I’m back home in Nigeria, it’s good to be with my family and friends. But I’m also looking forward to the next season and praying in an even better season.
The Nigeria Professional Football League was inconclusive last season and Lobi Stars was declared the winner with some matches still to go. How do you feel about that development?
Now that I play football in Zambia, it’s not funny when people out there ask you about what is going on back home in the Nigerian league. The league not being concluded the last term was not good enough even though I understand some issues cropped up which I believe have been resolved now. All I want to say is to plead with our administrators to put all hands on the deck to ensure such does not happen anymore so that our league can further develop.
Osas Okoro was a star of the Nigerian CHAN team a few years back. You must be looking forward to starring for the main Super Eagles?
It is a privilege if you get to play for your country and every player wants to wear the green and white jersey of Nigeria. I believe having featured for the CHAN Eagles, the next step is the main Super Eagles. But I’m also aware that Nigeria is blessed with lots of good players home and abroad. I will keep working hard and hopefully, if God wishea I will play for the main Super Eagles team.
How do react to Nigeria’s qualification for the Nations Cup having missed the last two editions?
I’m happy that Nigeria have qualified for the Nations Cup. We are the giants of Africa and it’s not good for us to be missing out in the competition. Not playing in the last two editions was not good for the development of the game in our country, but I hope we can use this opportunity to make a big impact.
How far do you think Nigeria can go at the Africa Cup of Nations coming up mid-year?
Osas Okoro: To do well in any competition is down to good preparation. I believe we have a good team and a good manager. With good preparation, Nigeria can go all the way like we did last term in 2013 when we won the cup. But if we fail to prepare well, we’ll end up getting a rude shock at the tournament because other good teams in Africa will be on parade in the competition.