- Published on Thursday, 11 January 2018 16:11
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By Fisayo Dairo
Omoku, a compact settlement is the headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State. The town until recently is best known for the abundance of natural resources it harbours which has made it a desirable place among the elites.
In recent years, reported communal clashes and cultist engagements have made the syllabic impression of the name O/MO/KU come home in scary form to its inhabitants and people in the environs.
The gruesome killing of innocent citizens of the town on 1 January this year while coming from crossover service is the latest in the unsavoury reports to come out from the town. Thank goodness some of the alleged perpetrators were killed by a combined force of security operatives days ago.
The recent happenings occurred within a short timeframe, as if the security operatives knew it was important to give assurances for tourists and football fans coming to Omoku within the next nine months to watch Nigeria's elite league.
Go Round Football Club, a club birthed and settled in the town opened another chapter in its history by gaining promotion to the elite division, the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), last October.
Go Round were founded by an Omoku native, Felix Obuah, coached by an ONELGA citizen Ngozi Elechi and captained by a Rivers boy Nelson Okwa Esor. The latter, a dimunitive attacking midfielder whose performances in the lower division were touted to be good enough to dazzle the elite class cannot wait to make a name for himself and most especially change the face of the town.
"The city (of Omoku) has been in crisis for so long but the crisis doesn't mean the people do not like sports," begun Esor to www.npfl.ng
"Whenever we play, people come out to watch because they love football. It is a community that loves football and encourage us. Even teams that come, they don't threaten them, they feel relaxed whenever they come and we also feel relaxed.
"The NPFL will definitely help to change the image of the city. It's going to bring joy into the city, people will come into the stadium and forget the past in the community.
"They will come to enjoy themselves, they will come to free their minds and forget the things that happened in the society and that is what we want to make sure they enjoy this season."
On a personal note, Esor has been at the modest club for four seasons and during this time has had loan spells to other clubs including Kogi United. The Ahoada-born star has his sights set on playing for any of the national teams and believes his team are good enough to win the title.
"My dream have always been to play for the national team and I want to do my best, showcase my talent and let the world know that I have a gift in me," remarked Esor
On what he hopes for his club on the pitch, the number 10 is going for the ultimate.
"Come this season, I want to lift the title for my club or at least help my team to get a continental ticket. I believe in my team because we have a spirited team that is very determined.
"Everybody is courageous and have the zeal, the spirit and the winning mentality and I believe these factors will help us."
Esor and his Go Round teammates will begin their maiden top flight season with a tricky trip to Wikki Tourists of Bauchi on Sunday before hosting AITEO Cup champions Akwa United in Omoku in their first ever home game in the top flight next midweek.