|Odibe, in green, challenges an attacker. Photocred FC Atryau|
FC Atyrau of Kazakhstan defender Michael Odibe is happy with the performance of his team despite dropping points in their 1-1 home draw against league leaders FC Astana in a match day four encounter in the Kazakh Superliga.
Odibe, 26,who has played in Italy and Ukraine believes that the team will improve as the season gathers momentum and he hopes he can help the team to silver ware this season.
“It wasn't a bad game considering Astana are in good form and are currently top of the log,”he told 9jafooty.blogspot.com
“We played well and I think we deserved more from the game. The goal they scored was an own goal, but we later rallied back to score and earn a draw.
“The team is shaping up and I believe we will do better as the league progresses.”he added.
Anton Grigoriev put through his own goal in the 56th minute but Atyrau got the equaliser six minutes later from a good finish by Maxat Baizhanov to tie the game at 1-1.
Despite efforts to add to their tally, Atyrau couldn't break down the FC Astana defence for the remaining part of the game.
Odibe feels the performance shows they can mingle with the best in the league and might just be in contention for the league title.
“I feel we have shown we can rub it with the best. It’s early days yet, the season still has a long way to go, but I’m confident we can challenge for the title.”the former AC Siena of Italy defender enthused.