Obinna down to work

Victor Obinna has been settling in at Chadwell Heath with his new West Ham United team-mates ahead of the weekend date with Chelsea.

The Nigeria FIFA World Cup star has been working hard since completing the formalities of his loan move from UEFA Champions League and Italian double winners Internazionale. The 23-year-old has been all smiles around the training ground, getting to know his new colleagues, manager Avram Grant and all the backroom staff.

Obinna, who has been capped more than 30 times by his country, told of his delight at joining the Hammers before stating his intent to begin his career in English football by upsetting Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea - and, in particular, close friend and national team colleague John Obi Mikel.


"I have been working hard," he said. "It has been very tough and I am preparing for the games coming ahead. I would like to be involved against Chelsea if the manager decides. I believe it is going to be one of the toughest games we have played this season. I know we are going to make sure we give our best to have a great result.

"The manager is working on that and we just need a little time for the players to come together. We need to work with each other and understand our strengths. Why can't we do something against Chelsea? Everything is possible in football. You can never tell. Anything can happen in 90 minutes."

To read a revealing in-depth interview with West Ham's new No33, supporters should grab a copy of Saturday's official matchday programme for the visit of the Blues to the Boleyn Ground. Price at £3.50, the retro-style 2010/11 season programme is filled with exclusive interviews, features and photos.

Saturday's edition also includes the views of Chairman David Sullivan and manager Avram Grant and interviews with assistant manager Zeljko Petrovic, new arrival Lars Jacobsen, Julien Faubert, promising Academy goalkeeper Sam Cowler, SBOBET Player of the Month Kieron Dyer and former Hammers defender Andy Malcolm.

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