First to third is where we belong, says Kwara United's Tamara

NPFL First to third is where we belong, says Kwara United's Tamara

Jidechi Chidiezie 23:59 - 14.01.2023

Kwara United will launch their league campaign with a home fixture against Gombe United.

Kwara United's midfielder Ezekiel Tamara has stated confidently that his side will be no pushovers in the 2023 NPFL season, as it is his ambition to help them back to where they were when he joined the club.

After almost six months without league football in Nigeria, the top-flight league gets into full swing on Sunday, after two matches between January 8, and January 14 saw Bendel Insurance and Enyimba pick up the first wins of the new season.

Kwara United will launch its league campaign with a home fixture against Gombe United on Sunday, January 15.

Kwara United aiming for top 3 spots in Group A

Speaking during a virtual interactive session on Twitter 'NPFL With Mike: Players Edition', Tamara revealed that his motivation is to take the Ilorin club back to the level they were when he signed with them.

"I joined Kwara United when they were playing on the continent," the defensive midfielder said.

"My motivation this season is to take them back to where they were when I joined them. 1 to 3 in the group is where we belong, and with the way we've been working, we've got the players that can give what we want.

"We are going to be among the first three [in Group A], qualifying for the Super 6. The main target is to be in the top 3...first, second or third, and make it to the Super 6. We would face the other task when that one comes."

Tamara calls Kwara United's group a war front

With the 2023 season scheduled as an abridged season, all 20 clubs in the top flight have been drawn into two groups of 10 where they will jostle for the top three spots, before getting a chance to win the NPFL title by finishing as the best team in a Super 6 playoff.

Ilorin-based Kwara United will use Shooting Stars' Lekan Salami Stadium as their temporary home ground this season

Still speaking during the NPFL With Mike: Players Edition, Tamara revealed that he had originally considered his club's group to be a war front.

"When I first saw Kwara United's group, I was like, 'Wow, this is a war front.' But when I saw the positivity from my teammates and coaches in training, I knew we were going to come out victorious."

"All the teams are prepared, and no one is a push away, but collectively we will get the result we want.

"I am excited because playing actively is everything that matters. If you are not playing actively, you cannot follow up on your growth," he concluded.

Their home clash against Gombe United at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan will be the first of 18 games in the first stage season for the Harmony Boys.

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