In-form Mqabba Striker, Joseph Okonkwo Hails Former Pepsi Academy Pals

Published: February 21, 2013
In-form Mqabba Striker, Joseph Okonkwo Hails Former Pepsi Academy PalsFormer Pepsi Academy player Joseph Okonkwo has expressed delight at the performance of his ex teammates at the just concluded African Cup of Nations.

Super Eagles match winner against Burkina Faso Sunday Mba, Lazio youngster Eddy Onazi, Chelsea star Obi Mikel and central defender Azubuike Egwuekwe are all products of the famous academy.

''I am not surprised with the performance of these boys at the tournament in South Africa especially Sunday Mba.

''Back in 1999, we had a lot of good players in the team - Obi Mikel, Ezekiel Bala, Joseph Akpala and Chibuzor Okonkwo. They are all quality players that have represented the National Team.

''Mba has proved to be a versatile player. I was shocked to see him play as a midfielder in South Africa, used to play as a striker in those days. But he played  very good in that position and am so happy for him,'' Okonkwo told

Eyebrows were raised when 26 - year - old Okonkwo signed a short - term deal with Mqabba in the winter transfer market . He previously played for Malta's most successful club Floriana.

''After I lost my dad two year ago, things fell apart for me and I almost gave up football.

''I had offers from the Malta Premier League and many other clubs here in Malta and abroad such as Greece , South Africa and  Norway.

''I was still considering the offers on the table when I was approached by Mqabba, I just couldn't turn my back on them.

'' I prayed to God about it and took the offer, so it's not about the money. It's about me continuing my career and what I love to do ,'' said Okonkwo.

Though Joseph Okonkwo has made a blistering start to his Mqabba career, with 5 goals in his first 6 matches, his club, if things don't improve, are likely to be relegated at the end of this season.

''It is my job to score goals. I believe it's with the help of God and I am settled here.

''Since I came to the team last December, a lot has changed. More players have been brought to remedy the situation.So, I believe we can survive in the first division,'' he concluded.

The one time Dingli Swallows, Valleta front-man presently represents himself and is searching for an agent.

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