The top European leagues begin this weekend, and the Spanish Laliga 2 is not an exception, with games kicking off on Friday.
UD Almeria have their engines ready and revved up to start, and a crucial part of their set-up is Nigerian Striker Sadiq Umar.
The Rojiblancos hopes rest on the firm shoulders of the 24-year-old after scoring 20 goals in 38 league appearances in his debut season.
The Kaduna born striker is not afraid to carry the responsibilities and has stated his readiness to help his team achieve promotion which they narrowly missed last season.
“It was a great achievement and an important progression for me individually, but my goal above all else was promotion,” Umar said on Almeria’s website.
“We are going to work hard to try again and get it,” he added.
Almeria begin their campaign on Saturday when they travel to the Estadio Cartagonova to face Cartagena. Last season, The Rojiblancos were only able to extract a point from Cartagena after two meetings.
However, The striker expressed his belief that they would win their season opener.
“I remember the game last season when we lost in Cartagena; It is a very tough course, but we are ready to go there and bring us the three points, although we will have to be very focused and do things well .”
The 2016 Olympics bronze medallist has never played for the Super Eagles, but if he continues from where he left off last season, it would only be a matter of time before he gets his senior team debut.