Obinna enjoying mentorship role


The 30-year-old Nigerian, a former teammate of current City coach Benni McCarthy at West Ham, was signed by the Cape club in September, and despite a number of injury setbacks, has been the most utilised striker in the City squad with six starts to his name, on par with the now departed Lehlohonolo Majoro.

The big centre-forward says he has enjoyed a healthy relationship with all his fellow forwards, and does not see them as competition for a place in the team, being happy to help when on the bench as well.

“I’m really happy to be here, and my teammates have helped me to settle fast,” he said.

“My relationship with the other strikers is pretty awesome‚ we are a team. I’m here to support them as a team. I’m not here to challenge anyone. Right from when I came here‚ I met with them and I told them that my objectives were to support the team‚ helping with my experience and trying to contribute.

“Obviously as football players you want to always play but‚ at the end of the day‚ for me it’s more important to give your best. When you give your maximum‚ your conscience tells you whether you are satisfied with yourself.”

Obinna, who has featured for the likes of Inter Milan and Chievo in Italy, Spanish side Malaga, Lokomotiv Moskow in Russia and German outfit Darmstadt, says he’s happy to pass on the knowledge he has gained on his travels with the rest of the City squad.

“I’ve been privileged to play in a lot of big teams in different countries and to be able to work with different managers,” he said.

“This is what has been pushing me… I’ve learnt a lot of things, and it’s been so good experiencing everything that I have with all those coaches, and that’s what I’m trying to teach the lads.”

Obinna, who came on as a substitute in City’s final game of 2017, a 1-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns, will have further competition for a starting berth in the form of new signings Masoud Juma and Surprise Ralani, whose arrivals were announced this week.

City kick off 2018 with an away fixture at Platinum Stars on Saturday.