The reigning Czech First League champions have confirmed the signing of former Akwa United and Kano Pillars midfielder
Ubong Ekpai has joined Czech First League giants Slavia Prague from Viktoria Plzen.
The 25-year-old midfielder teamed up with the Purple and Whites after finishing a two-season mortgage stint at Ceske Budejovice.
Ekpai has been handed a three-year contract that can hold him on the Sinobo Stadium till 2024.
Whereas expressing his want to win titles at Slavia Prague, the previous Kano Pillars and Akwa United star is completely happy to reunite together with his former coach at Liberec, Jindrich Trpisovsky.
” I count on a really difficult season forward of us. I am a part of Slavia now, so I’ve to say, we received the league,” he informed the club website.
“If we wish to management it once more, we must work exhausting and struggle to attain the whole lot we wish to obtain this 12 months.
“I wish to show loads of issues. I wish to win all of the Czech Cups and play within the Champions League or the Europa League.
“I feel we have now the standard to win the league and the cup. These are my ambitions.
“Coach Trpisovsky is like my father. We labored collectively in Liberec earlier than and he is aware of me properly.
“I perceive what he desires me to do, we perceive one another properly. I needed to go away in Liberec, however he stated to me, ‘Boy, you are not going wherever, I actually need you to remain right here with me. There are nonetheless nice issues forward of us that we wish to do collectively.’
“I disobeyed him and left, however thank God we’re assembly once more now. He’s good at working with foreigners, which can’t be stated for each coach within the Czech Republic.”
Regardless of the presence of Nicolae Stanciu, Lukas Provod, Oscar Dorley, Ibrahim Traore, Michal Beran and Denis Visinsky in Trpisovsky’s squad, Ekpai has vowed to work exhausting in a bid to get common enjoying alternatives.
“In fact, will probably be tough as a result of we have now loads of high quality gamers. However I’ve loads of qualities, too,” he added.
“It will be robust, everybody’s going to should work. The very best who work probably the most, rating probably the most objectives, will play.
“That is soccer in massive golf equipment. We now have loads of high quality gamers; everybody has their very own strengths that they will present on the sector. It will be exhausting, however I am prepared for it.”