'Enyimba will make me a better player' – new signing Wasiu Alalade

The People’s Elephants’ new acquisition has explained his decision to quit relegated ABS for a new adventure

New Enyimba recruit, Wasiu Alalade is confident that his game will reach another height after leaving ABS for the former Nigerian top-flight champions ahead of the 2017-18 season.

With the Saraki Boys back in the Nigeria National League after a slip from the top division last season, Enyimba wasted no time in snapping three players from the Ilorin outfit.

Striker Alalade, Mohammed Mohammed and Ernest Governor were added to the Aba side’s ranks.

Alalade, a consistent performer in the second half of the 2016-17 Nigeria Professional Football League season, expresses delight with his move to Paul Aigbogun’s team, knowing that his development will be fast-tracked.

“I am really happy to be playing for Enyimba. It was an easy decision for me to leave ABS but I felt it was the right time because I won’t like to drop down back to the lower league after tasting what it feels like playing in the premier league last season. It has really been fun for since I agreed to move to Enyimba,” Alalade told Goal.

“I am confident that Enyimba will make me a better player. I am more relaxed with the presence of Ernest [Governor] and Mohammed [Mohammed] also joining me from ABS. They have made me feel at home and I am grateful to God for everything.

“I want to settle down quickly here so that I can also make my mark like others. I still have a long career ahead of me and I see my arrival to Enyimba as the ideal stepping stone to greater things.”

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The striker while making a retrospection into his time with ABS notes that the Ilorin side does not deserve to be relegated but is confident in their credentials to return to the elite division soon.

“If we want to reckon with our on pitch performances last season, ABS does not deserve to go down but it is too late for that now. I am tipping the club to bounce back in style at the end of the coming season,” he said.

“This is another adventure for me and I hope to make the best of it. I have heard so much about Enyimba before I came here. The pre-season programme is going on according to plans in Ado Ekiti.”