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Ndaba: Toto’s happy that I am here, I know he’s missed me

2 February 2023

Interviews

Ndaba: Toto’s happy that I am here, I know he’s missed me

2 February 2023

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Fleetwood Town's deadline day signing Corrie Ndaba spoke to the media on Thursday afternoon ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League One clash against former side, Burton Albion.

The central defender - who joined the club on loan from fellow League One side, Ipswich Town on Deadline Day, gave his first interview to BBC Radio Lancashire.

Last season, Ndaba featured 32 times for Sky Bet League Two side, Salford City, scoring two goals during his time at the Peninsula Stadium - with his latter being on the final day of the season against Stevenage.

With coming up against one of his former sides this weekend, here's what he 23-year-old had to say:

On signing for Fleetwood Town...

“It has been a busy few days, hectic, but it’s all done and I am delighted to be here.

“Things move quickly in football and there were talks of me coming here in the summer and for whatever reason, they didn’t get done but as I say, I am happy to be here and ready to go.

“I think with the facilities and the structure, there’s everything here to succeed so there’s no excuses.

“I would like to thank Burton Albion for the opportunity. I had to overcome injuries, but I got experience in League One. There was a chance for me to come here to Fleetwood and I was just buzzing to get this deal done.

“I didn’t expect to leave Burton as sudden, but when I heard about the opportunity and meeting up with Tot’s [Toto Nsiala] again, it was one where I would get to meet him again as we have the chemistry there already.

“I was talking to him quickly, but we did have a chat and he said it would be a good opportunity for me as he’s happy that I am here, I know he’s missed me.”

On the loan move to Salford…

“I loved my time at Salford. I love the club, the fans, the staff and the players and everything went well for me there. I was happy on and off the pitch. Gary bowyer was great with me and he’s a man I will always respect.

“I can’t thank him enough. It was the first big move for me and that experience has enabled me to go on and kick-on this season and here I am today."

On the Fleetwood squad…

“Training has been very good these last two days. There’s a lot of quality within this squad and the training has been intense. There’s a good setup here and I have worked with Youl Mawene already who I know from my time at Salford.

“He’s really good at the prehab and the preparation beforehand with groups and individuals and from these experiences, I have been impressed so far and I just hope I can add to the team and crack on."

Playing against his former side, Burton this weekend…

“Football is a crazy game but it’s exciting and for me I am someone who takes everything in my stride.

“I just want to do well, learn and get better and when it comes to potentially my first game, it’s against Burton Albion, a team that I know really well from this season.

“I just can’t wait – if given the opportunity – to get out there and show what I can do and hopefully get the home.”


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