Yisa Anifowose, a promising central defender of Mountain of Fire & Miracles (MFM) FC, who also featured in CAF Champions League for Sahel Sporting Club of Niger Republic in this interview with eyeonthenews.com’s corespondent Kayode Ayeni, bares his mind on the standard of the league and his footballing career, excerpts:
Eyeonthenews.com: Let our readers know who you are?
My names are Yisa Anifowose, I was born and brought up in Lagos, precisely in Epe area of Lagos State.
You have played for Kwara United and a few clubs before joining MFM FC of Lagos?
Well, I have played for COD FC of Lagos, Kwara United of Ilorin in Kwara State. But last season, I travelled out of the country to play for Sahel Sporting Club FC of Niger Republic and also represented the club in the CAF Champions League, where they got eliminated in the second round.
How was your experience in Niger Republic, you left that league prematurely, what happened?
The standard of their league is very low compared to the Nigerian Premier League. Apart from the fact that their standard is low, their league is not being televised. And, the main reason I left is to showcase my talent to the world and without television coverage, this will be very difficult.
Which position can you play effectively as a footballer?
I can play as a central defender or as a right back and as a defensive midfielder.
What is your ambition this season with MFM?
We caught a lot of people by surprise as a newly promoted side and as you know, much is expected of us. I can say such insinuations really spurred us on and by the Grace of God, we will finish among the best ten in the Nigeria Pro-Football League this season.
How regular are some players in the MFM squad?
It depends on the coach and his approach to each game, he has the right to pick the players he thinks would do the job for him. And, most times, I have been included in our coach’s plans, which is good for me.
Talking about your coach, how would you describe his personalty?
Our coach Ilechukwu is a very discipline person who has a great sense of humour.
Before your departure for Niger Republic, how would you rate the standard of the Nigerian Premier League compared to now?
Back then, winning away matches was very difficult, if you play well anywhere now, you can get what you deserve, the officiating has also improved tremendously.
What would be your reaction, if you are invited to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria?
Playing for the Super Eagles has always been the dream of any player. And, for me, I will be delighted and will not let both my family and my country down if such opportunity comes my way.
I can boldly say that I’m the solution to the defensive problems of the Super Eagles, that’s the missing link in our team.