Rangers International Chief Coach Gbenga Ogunbote has revealed the reason behind his decision to start Kelvin Itoya from the bench in most matches and believes the player is the best joker in his team.
Itoya had come off the bench to make impact for the Flying Antelopes countless times, including the 2018 Aiteo Cup final where he sparked the famous come back with his long range drive after being introduced in the second half.
While many believes the former Warri Wolves man deserves a starting spot in the team, Coach Ogunbote says all players has different attributes and believes Itoya reads the game better than any player from the bench.
“A leader tells his followers what they must here not what they want to hear”,
“He has helped the team while coming in from the bench and changed many game for us , all players has different attributes and qualities and Kelvin has a good knowledge about the game, he reads the game from the bench better than anyone” he concluded.
The Player echoes his manager‘s thought and revealed he stoppedpushing for a starting spot in the team when he coach explained the decision to him.
“Coach Ogunbote is not just a coach to the team but also a father, yes I want to be in the starting lineup but when he explained the reasons behind his decision to me, I stopped pushing.“
“I’m happy to do it because it has been working for the team.”
The former Sunshine Stars Coach however failed to confirm if Itoya will start Sunday’s CAF Confederations Cup game against Salitas from the bench .