Rangers International Football Club of Enugu’ left-back, Chidiebere Okolie ‘Marcelo’ has expressed happiness for playing football again after his lengthy period of injury nightmare that lasted nearly one year.
Okolie who has been nicknamed ‘Marcelo’ by fellow players and fans tested full time competitive football action against Wikki Tourist of Bauchi at Gombe stadium, Pantami in the last cub match of the abridge league at the weekend.
Speaking ahead of the fast approaching end of the season ‘Super-Six’ playoff scheduled for Agege stadium, Lagos, Wednesday, the stylish defender thanked God for His mercies that saw him through the injury period.
“I just want to thank God for everything He has done for me and the coaches, management for giving me the opportunity to play the game I cherished most. Though, I was out for almost a year plus but the management and the technical crew still have faith in me and it was a thing of joy that I got my full time game against Wikki Tourist. Similarly, I wish to thank my colleagues who were there all the time to encourage and assist me on my way to recovery,” he said.
He promised to always give his best to the club and believes that he did his best against Wikki Tourist of Bauchi but said that the coaches has the last appraisal.
“I will continue to work hard to justify my inclusion whenever am called upon by the coach to serve and to be back to my peak again,” he said.
On the ‘Super-Six’, Okolie said that the club is going to Lagos with the spirit of champions to win the league.
“With the spirit of champions, I believe that God will give us the trophy at the end of the super six. I am confident that Rangers will play continental football come next season as we have the players to achieve such,” said the former Rivers United wing-back.
Chidiebere was a delight to watch as he dazzled with his deft touches, tackles and crosses which most times went begging in the 1-0 loss suffered by the already qualified ‘Flying Antelopes’ in the last league encounter of the 2018/2019 abridged season.