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Dare Ojo keen on coming back as best defensive midfielder in NPFL

Enyimba FC midfielder Dare Ojo has vowed to stake his claim as the best defensive midfielder in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) but has acknowledged that playing at right-back is a good experience for him.

Ojo, who signed for the People’s Elephant in 2016, has been deployed at the right-back position for almost all his appearances for Enyimba under two managers – Paul Aigbogun and the current coach, Gbenga Ogunbote – though he’s known as an orthodox midfielder.

The 22-year-old was arguably the best defensive midfielder in the NPFL during his time at Kwara United, especially in the 2015 season, where he scored lots of thunderous stunners from outside the 18-yard box.

Though not featured in his preferred role at Enyimba, Ojo believes playing as a full-back is a “great experience” which prepares him for life beyond the shores of the country.

“I achieved a lot last season even played under new coach (Ogunbote),” Dare Ojo told Jollof Sports.

“Playing from right full-back at the same time playing from defensive midfield. And I thank God for a successful season without injuries.

“Playing from right back is a great experience for me. I learnt a lot and I can also meet this kind of situation in Europe or any other place I find myself in the future.

“I thank God that I’m back playing my preferred defensive midfield role before the conclusion of last season and I promise to redeem my image as one of the best in the league.”

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