Elijah Junior: Choosing Air India is no mistake

The flamboyant Nigerian looks forward to a new season with the Airmen and expects his new side to pull a surprise in the Federation Cup...
Elijah Junior Oriade Obagbemiro has penned a one year deal with Air India Football Club for the 2012-13 season.

"I signed with Air India as a free player," the 27-year-old, who previously played in the country for Sporting Clube de Goa, Prayag United SC and Salgaocar FC, told Goal.com.

"The league in Finland ends in October which means if I'd stayed there till the end of the season, I wouldn't be able to sign here until January. So I decided to sign up Air India," he backed his decision to join the Airmen.

"Long before Air India, I had a couple of good offers from some top I-League teams. But I couldn't sign with them as they wanted me to be in India around July," he added.

The Nigerian striker further insists that he has made no mistake in joining the Mumbai outfit given that they are a midtable outfit.

"Choosing Air India is no mistake, they are an average team with a lot of qualities to do well this season given that they've signed many quality players," he claimed.

"More so, I remember almost winning the I-League with Sporting [Clube de Goa] in 2009 when we had just battled relegation the previous year. So anything can happen as long as we have the right mind set. I'm looking forward to having a great season with Air India and to make my mark in the I-League."

The center delight of winning the Federation Cup

Elijah Junior will feature in Air India's Federation Cup campaign wherein they face Mohammedan Sporting on Thursday and believes that his new side can spring a surprise in the competion.

"I will be playing [in the Federation Cup]," he said. "The club (Air India) is not just participating in the Federation Cup to make numbers but to win honours. As an individual I've always enjoyed winning and that mentality won't change now.

"I'm here to play a major role and a lot of people here are looking upto me. I am not just here but to make a major impact. Memories of winning the Federation Cup [with Salgaocar FC] last year still lingers, who knows Air India might pull a surprise."

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