Star man Ohameje pleased with Poppies ‘family’ ahead of Bashley clash
Poppies’ ever-versatile performer Manny Ohameje has admitted his happiness at Victoria Park this season, and also stressed the importance of dedication.
The Winton-based side is gearing up for a Bournemouth Senior Cup tie at Bashley Road Tuesday evening, with both sides harbouring ambitions of lifting silverware after strong starts to the new campaign.
Ohameje will be in contention to line up against Bashley and explained his willingness to play anywhere on the field: “It’s just helping out the team, I don’t mind. Sometimes we have players that are away, that are injured or have suspensions. I don’t mind where they play me, I’m just happy to get the game and do my best for the team.”
The Victoria Park fan favourite also spoke about his commitment at Poppies: “I think in football you’ve got to be quite dedicated, and just focus on your game and do what you have to do to get the win. You’ve got to do your bit for the team. I think it’s important to show good dedication and show that the team is where you want to be. It’s like a family, I’m happy at Poppies“, said Ohameje.
A humble player that speaks on the pitch
Despite the player’s countless evident strengths, the humble outfielder admitted his belief that strength is his biggest asset to a high-flying Poppies outfit: “I see myself as quite a strong lad, I like to use my strength in quite a lot of situations and make sure I get a tackle in. I make sure I’m first to the ball and win my headers. It’s part of my game, to keep being strong and I think that’s the main aspect of my game.”
Poppies face up against new-found rivals Bashley tomorrow evening, with the two sides having played, or been scheduled to play, against each other on multiple occasions already this season.
After FA Cup extra-preliminary and Hampshire Senior Cup victories at Bashley Road, Ohameje explained that Poppies are expecting a strong response: “I think it will probably be a tough game because we’ve beaten them already a couple of times this season so they’ll want to come back hard against us. But I think if we play the way we’ve been playing we should get the result because we’re a strong team. We’ve got strength in depth as well, and players that can come in and do the job. It’s very important, and I don’t feel that Bashley have that. If you ask me, I think we’ve got a bit of an advantage.”
With a goal to his name, a crucial leveller against Gosport Borough in the FA Vase, and teammates Steve Flynn and Mickey Finch running rampant in front of goal, Ohameje is positive about Poppies’ chances of success:“We can keep going far, definitely. We’ve got a good team here, a good squad and a good set up, so I think we should be looking to go quite far.”
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