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Rangers, Plateau Utd, Akwa Utd chase Ikpeazu hotshot, Emmanuel

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By Sab Osuji and Israel Emmanuel

No fewer than four Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, sides have mounted the block in a fierce race for the signature of the free scoring A&A Football Academy of Uyo forward, Israel Emmanuel, Orient Sports reports.

Emmanuel has caught the fancy of virtually all the coaches and scouts who have thronged Enyimba International Stadium, Aba, for the ongoing first edition of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu Cup Preseason Tournament.

Emmanuel leads the scorers chart with six goals in four matches while Ngwa United’s Josiah Michael follows with five strikes in equally four matches.

And now, Rangers, Abia Warriors, Akwa United and NPFL title holders, Plateau United, are pushing to have secure his signature.

But the youngster told Orient Sports that he’s not in a hurry to make a choice amongst the top quartet clubs. The fair skinned strike rave of the moment hinted that the interest on him by the NPFL clubs is not making him lose his composure, concentration and patience for the right time.

He equally disclosed that he is not under any pressure either.

“I’m not under any pressure. It is a great privilege for me to play in the Nigeria Professional Football League but I’m not under any pressure at all”, starts the teenage dazzler.

“I’m not going to rush anything. Aside God, everything is in the hands of my manager. Ferdinand Udoh is a very good man. Any team (amongst the four) that he choses for me is okay by me because he’s a very good man.

“I cannot chose for myself. Someone has to chose for me and in this case, Udoh is the one to make the decision for me as to which of the club between Rangers, Akwa United, Abia Warriors and Plateau United that I should sign for because he has been there (in the league) before which I’ve not been”, the striker said.

Emmanuel said his scoring talent is from God and that he works real hard to remain in shape, training thrice every single day.

“God is the one that has given me the talent. And every day I enter the pitch, I always tell Him that since He’s the one that gave me the talent, He should also give me the grace to play. And He has been answering me. So as long as His grace remains with me, I always go into the pitch believing that I’m going to do well. That’s the source of my confidence”.

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