Olaitan Otubanjo goes for goal in Slovakia

Ex-youth international forward Yusuf Otubanjo has told SCORENigeria he believes his loan move from MSK Zilina in the Slovak Fortuna Liga to Austrian club SC Altach would bolster his career, adding he is delighted to be back at his “second home.” 

Two seasons ago, Otubanjo made the headlines with FC Blau-Weiss Linz when he scored an impressive 22 goals in 26 matches as the club gained promotion to the Austrian Bundesliga.

But he was promptly snapped up by Slovak Superliga side MSK Zilina, where he scored some 10 goals in only his first season, but was out of action for most of last season as he contributed little when the club won the Slovak championship.

“Frankly, I was surprised when the coach told me I could look for a new club at the start of the new year,” Otubanjo said.

“But I was calm because I knew I did my best for the club until injury took me out last season; I don’t get worried over things like this because I believe nothing happens to me without the knowledge of God.”

He said his agent worked round the clock to secure him a loan deal to Altach.

Otubanjo, who recently welcomed his first baby girl (Aneesah Arinola) on January 9, has vowed to regain his goal-scoring form at Altach, saying he knows the Austrian league like the back of his hands.

“Austria is my second home and I’m happy my agent was able to get another club for me in the Austrian league,” the 26-year-old further explained.

“I’m on an initial four-month loan with some conditions attached to it; the club are working on my documents. I can’t wait to start playing again.”

Otubanjo was a member of the Golden Eaglets that won silver when Nigeria hosted the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2009 and has featured for a clutch of European clubs including the youth team of Atletico Madrid as well as FC Red Bull Salzburg.


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