Highly rated former Nigeria U-17 Star Jack Ipalibo has revealed his next season ambition at Spanish La-Liga side Villarreal in an exclusive interview with Owngoalnigeria.com.
Ipalibo ended the season on a high with a goal against the junior team of Barcelona, and the 18 year old who was a late omission from the Nigeria U-17 team that conquered the World at the World Youth Championship in 2015 also has his sight on breaking into the Super Eagles squad.
OGN – How will you rate your first season at Villarreal?
Ipalibo – It has been a very tough but great season for me and the entire team. Been my first season in Europe and also a great experience with the youth team of Villarreal.
OGN – How many tournaments did you play in the recently concluded season?
Ipalibo – I played in the Copa Campeones, Copa del Rey and youth La-Liga, all tournaments I will say had their own lessons and I learnt a lot from all of the games.
OGN – How will you rate your first season with Villarreal?
Ipalibo – I didn’t play in the matches of week 1 to week 7, because I was in Nigeria for paper works, so I didn’t start playing until matches of week 8.
OGN – How many games did you missed and how many goals did you score?
Ipalibo – I played all games expect the home game against Elche which I had a knock. I scored six goals and the peak has to be the goals against Valencia and Barcelona U-18.
OGN – What are your immediate goals at Villarreal?
Ipalibo – Playing with the first team in the La-Liga is my aim. Villarreal is a big team in Spain you know. So I need to work harder, gain more experience and when it’s time. I will make the La-Liga team.
OGN - Any dreams of making the national team of Nigeria anytime soon?
Ipalibo – Why not?, If I get to play games for Villarreal it’s normal for me to nurse the ambition of playing for Nigeria senior national team. The U-23 will be cool for now but there’s no crime for dreaming big, If Victor Osimhen can be playing for the team, what stops me from having such dreams of playing for the Super Eagles even at the World Cup 2018 in Russia.
OGN– Thanks for you time Jack.
Ipalibo – You are welcome, keep up the good works. You guys rocks.