Ibenegbu eyes Wolves success


Newly-signed Warri Wolves midfielder Ikechukwu Ibenegbu has targeted silverware with his new club as the squad prepare for their Nigeria Premier League opener against El Kanemi Warriors.

Ibenegbu ended his six-season career with Heartland at the end of the 2013 campaign in search of a fresh challenge and is relishing strutting his stuff at the Warri Township Stadium.

The 28-year-old has since talked up his new side's chances for the new season and believes his experience both domestically and on the continent will prove invaluable.

"I played for Heartland for six years and needed to make a move. I needed another challenge and I was happy a club like Warri Wolves showed interest in me," the former Enyimba man told SuperSport.

"They are a big club and have a huge following. There must be a lot of expectations from the fans.

"They have been doing well recently. Last season they reached the Federation Cup final and finished sixth in the league. I understand they have not won any major trophy and I want to help them achieve that goal.

"In addition to the domestic trophies, we will also play in the Confederation Cup, so there's a lot to play for.

"I have played in both the Confederation Cup and the Champions League, and I hope my experience can help make the difference in our continental campaign."

Ibenegbu, who also has three caps for the Nigerian national team, added that he is impressed with the club's current squad and is confident they can fight off the competition and claim the title.

"I am impressed with our squad. There is real quality here and we should be able to contest for the league," he added.

"The league is an open contest and with hard work we could win it.

"We should bear in mind that there are about four or five other clubs also capable of winning and start planning our strategies early."