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Yekeen relishes new challenge at Niger Tornadoes

By Wale Mustapha

New Niger Tornadoes' goalkeeper Kazeem Yekeen is unfazed by the competition he faces at his new club and believes it is a fresh challenge to prove his worth between the sticks.

Yekeen completed a mid-season switch to Tornadoes from El-Kanemi Warriors last month, bringing an end to his two-season stint with Maiduguri-based side.

Niger Tornadoes' purchase of the former Nigeria Under-20 international was part of strengthening their goalkeeping options, and to bring stiffer competition for the club's number one choice, Mustapha Aliko.

Emeka Nwakama has also arrived from FC Ifeanyiubah, while former Lobi Stars' shot-stopper Terka Matthew Melai is expected to raise his game to be in goal for the Ikon Allah Boys after his movement in the beginning of the season.

Yekeen believes there is an opportunity for all goalkeepers to stake a claim for a starting berth, just as he is brimming confidence of a successful second stanza with Tornadoes in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

"It's like a new beginning for me, I'm happy to be here and I can't wait for the league to restart again.

"I loved my moments with El-Kanemi, it's great club with rich history and I thank them for the love and support during my stay there.

"I think all of us are to start from scratch and we are all here for the same thing, for the good of the team.

"From my point of view. I am safe in the knowledge that I am here to work as hard as I can, I know it won't be easy to break into the team. It's a challenge for me. This is a fresh challenge and opportunity that I'm ready to take and I'm optimistic of making history with them," he said.

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