Nigerian owner of Super Green Football Club (SGFC) Maryland-Washington, Richard Opanuga, has attributed his team’s recent admission into American Soccer League (ASL) to a result of doggedness, hard work and focus.
‘Zico’, as he is fondly called after the Brazilian legendary attacker, said his ultimate dream is the United States (US) elite league, the Major-League Soccer (MLS).
“That we are the first among the nine teams in the ASL is not by accident,” he started and added, “we have won nearly every tournament in Washington and our players are carefully recruited over the years. We have talented young Nigerians here and our aspiration is that the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) can tap into our resources to fortify the national teams at all levels.”
The former striker, who made his mark with the famous Lagos Baptist Academy, was a founding member of Nigeria Football Association. The NFA is made up of ex-Nigerian footballers resident in the U.S
“I played a key role in forming the NFA and we have a tournament once in a year where we all meet to play and deliberate on how those of us in the Diaspora can help our country in the area of football development.