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Confederation Cup: Al-Masry cannot stop us – Medrano

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Tamen Medrano gave his team what looks like a lifeline against their Egptyian guests, Al-Masry in Nnewi, the Cameroonian is very optimistic his team FC Ifeanyi Ubah will scale the hurdle in Egpty. He spoke with Olayinka Elebute who was in Nnewi.

How do you feel scoring the winning goal in the last minute of the game?
I think I want to thank God because it’s a much-needed goal that we wanted. It was a relief for everyone all over the state because our president, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, has invested a lot for the team and for the whole of Nnewi. I dedicate the goal to the fans all over in Anambra state and more so for our president because he deserves it.

Tamen Medrano of F .C Ifeanyiubah…we will scale over Al-Masry

Looking at the team, you’ve been on the continent with your time at Sunshine Stars of Akure. You know the antics of the North African teams. What will you ask from your teammate to do?
I think from the onset if you look at our team we have some experienced players who have played on the continent and both in the national team like our goalkeeper and captain Ikechukwu Ezenwa. If you watched the game on Monday, the person that decided the game to be 1-0 was their goalkeeper; He was up to the task. So I think our Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa can do the same. Moreover, we have experienced players that can do it. We’ve been there, I’ve been in Egypt, played against big teams like Al-Ahly and others. I think with the calibre of players we have, we’re up to the task. We can see what great results other Nigerian counterparts like Enugu Rangers did to their Algerian host and got a 1-1 draw. So why can’t we also not go and do the same thing. Because we’re also in the same stage to make history so I think we’ll do it.

What will you do for your President, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah and Nigerians?
It will be a massive feeling for the state, for my president because it’s because of the project and the vision he has for Nigerian football and for his club that brought me to the club. Now, if we go there and get to qualify for the next stage, it will be a massive achievement for us. Personally, because we, players, we are playing to be greater and to write our names in the history books of the club.

You have played all over, in Cameroun, Sunshine, if you’re not playing for Ifeanyi ubah or not in Nigeria where else would you like to play?

Raphael Ayagwa of Lobi Stars is tackled by Tamen Medrano of F .C Ifeanyiubah

I think a footballer would always want to go to where he is appreciated. I think from the onset, when I was still in Cameroon my aim was to go to the South African league but the dream didn’t come through. Nigeria came so I took it. Wherever it’s going to come, every young player wants to go and play in Europe because Europe is the most exposed place everyone wants to go. If Europe comes, good. If South Africa comes, good. If North Africa comes, good. I am a footballer wherever they want to employ me to go and play, I go because I’m made for that.

Between your dream land and Nigeria which one do you prefer? Are you living your dream?
I’ll say I am living my dream because I’m playing football. I thank God for all these years. I haven’t been injured for a long time. So I thank God for that. I’m living my dream here in Nigeria. I’ll say I’m enjoying Nigeria for now because I’m not in South Africa right now. I’m in Nigeria and playing football in Nigeria. Nigerians have been good to me. All the clubs I have been playing for have been good to me. So for now I’m enjoying in Nigeria.

Do you intend to get married to a Nigerian to really establish the relationship?
Well, I’m already married. So, I can’t think of getting married to a Nigerian. My wife is from Cameroun but she’s staying in France. But if I was not married I can say I would have married a Nigerian. They are good and caring.

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