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Obika excited to face boyhood club

8 January 2022


Obika excited to face boyhood club

8 January 2022

Shrimps’ striker Jonathan Obika says he’s excited at the prospect of facing Tottenham Hotspur, the club where he came through the ranks as a young player.

The 31-year-old joined the Hotspur academy at the age of 10 and progressed through the age groups, eventually making four appearances for the First Team.

Sunday’s clash will be the first time that Obika has lined up against his former employers, and the striker admits that whilst it’ll be a sentimental return, he’s hopeful the Shrimps can produce a famous upset.

“[I’m] looking forward to it,” he said.

“It’s a great occasion for the fans, the club, staff, players and obviously myself in being there for probably most of my childhood, so I’m looking forward to going back there.

“Just enjoying the occasion and hopefully causing an upset!

“Kane, Harry Winks, obviously Ryan Mason is part of the staff there, so it’ll be good to speak with them after the game.

“People describe it [the stadium] as a spaceship, so we’re looking forward to going there, I feel a lot of the players have been to big stadiums, but White Hart Lane will probably be the biggest we’ve all been to, so it’ll be a great occasion.”

Despite a star-studded squad, featuring no less than 13 regular international players, Obika says it’s important that the Shrimps turn up and play without fear, all whilst enjoying the fixture.

He added: “Going into the Tottenham game, there’s no fear, we have to go out, enjoy ourselves, not feel tense and try and get a result.

“We can definitely be dangerous, and we’ll look to hurt them in areas, but we have to be organised and stick together as a unit through the game.

“I remember speaking to Toumani [Diagouraga] and [Cole] Stockton and they were saying how it would’ve been even better with our fans there for the Chelsea game [last season].

“This time around, I know everyone is looking forward to seeing them and hearing them support us, for sure.”

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