Ogbonna not really a striker


Ogbonna has been signed on a three-year contract with the view that he compliments Jose Torrealba as a shadow striker.

Since the departure of Mabhuti Khenyeza for Ajax Cape Town after his fall out with coach Muhsin Ertugral, Chiefs have been thin upfront.

“I am not really a striker, but I prefer to move around a lot and even coming deep to get the ball,” revealed Ogbonna.

“But I love to get into goalscoring positions and scoring goals, so I have no problems with being assigned to play upfront.

“I have scored goals regularly before and I was the club’s top scorer every season for Hapoel Tel-Aviv in the four years that I spent with the club. In my four years with the club I scored a total of 47 goals.

“After my time in Israeli, I then moved to CFR-Cluj in Romania where I spent one season. However, I didn’t play much at the club as the competition for jerseys was tough and I wasn’t the preferred choice. But I am here to start off a new life that I hope to enjoy a lot by delivering on what the Chiefs fans and management would want to see of me. I am here to score goals though I am not setting any targets,” says Ogbonna.

CFR-Cluj is playing in the UEFA Champions League this season. Though he has played in Europe for five years, having played for Sharks and Nigerdork in his homeland, the 25 year-old has never represented the Super Eagles.

“The only time that I played in the national teams was for the Under-23s when I played seven friendly matches a couple of years ago,” he says.