Iko James Rallies Niger Tornadoes Team Mates To Dim Sunshine Stars

Niger Tornadoes’ central defender, Martin Iko James has charged his team mates to put up an impressive outing when they host Sunshine Stars in the Matchday 15 of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL today.

Tornadoes will hope to stretch their resurgent home form when both sides meet at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja.

James, who is in his debut season in the NPFL with Tornadoes after his famous move from Kogi United said the message in camp was to up their game and get total victory against a troubled Sunshine Stars who are struggling to find their rhythm this season.

“We are been fired up to win on against Sunshine Stars, we know victory would push us up the log and I’ve been telling my team mates to take the match serious, even more than the previous ones,” begin James.

“We know they are struggling at the moment, what they want is one good result on the road, but we are not ready to make that happen for them here, what’s on my mind and what we are talking about now is how to break them down and get our victory, I believe it’s possible because we have a young and talented squad that can get the job done,” he said.

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The graduate of Public Administration from the Kogi State Polytechnic had to wait till Matchday Nine before making his NPFL debut in the Matchday Nine 2-0 defeat to Plateau United in Jos.

But James has so far cemented his position in Coach Abubakar Bala’s lineup with impressive performances, a feat he put down to focus, dedication and divine intervention.

“I’m still in dream land with my first season in NPFL, I never thought it would be this interesting for me. I waited for my time as I know the coach had lots of confidence in me.

“I believe in myself and God, may be He’s making the meaning of my name working for me (Iko-Ojo in native Igala language means God’s Time) and I really want to continue do well for Tornadoes, to get more games and positive results,” he said.

Wale Mustapha