African trio target Turkish league title for Fenerbahce

By Oluwashina OkelejiBBC Sport, Istanbul
Mamadou Niang
Niang has fired Fenerbahce to the top of the league with 16 goals

The African trio of Joseph Yobo, Mamadou Niang and Issiar Dia are hoping to win the Turkish title in only their first season at Istanbul club Fenerbahce.

Fenerbahce and Black Sea club Trabzonspor go into Sunday's final Turkish Super League fixtures with the championship crown on the line.

Both teams are equal on 79 points but Fenerbahce lead their rivals on goal difference.

The trio know that an away victory over stubborn Sivasspor on 22 May will secure the title after a four-year wait.

Nigeria captain Yobo told BBC Sport that he is keen to win his first league crown in club football with the Turkish title chasers.

"It's been a long battle and we have to do all we can to realise the title dream on the last day of the season," he said.

"We respect our final opponents, our rivals [Trabzonspor], and this is a good thing for the Turkish league.

"I've never won a league title before in my career.

"I made the sacrifice to be here and I am happy with the club, team-mates, fans, country and the league."

Like Niang and Dia, Yobo only joined Fenerbahce last summer - on loan from English side Everton.

Senegalese striker Niang, who tasted league success in his final season at French side Olympique Marseille, has put behind a stormy start in Turkey to shoot the club to the top of the table with 16 league goals.

"We just have one big game standing between us and the title. By God's grace we will give our everything to win it," said Niang.

On Sunday, Fenerbahce showed their genuine intention for success by spanking visiting Ankaragucu 6-0 in Istanbul, with Alex grabbing four goals, and Irtegun and Niang scoring one apiece.

With pressure mounting as the title-deciding weekend looms, Senegalese midfielder Dia knows Fenerbahce's final opponents will give his team a run for their money.

"Fight is all we can do now to earn what we desperately desire, because Sivasspor will come out fighting."