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Dream Team skipper speaks on European experience

17 September 2015, 13:11

Brazzaville - Dream Team captain Okechukwu Azubuike has been speaking exclusively with News24 about his experience as an overseas based player.

The 18-year old secured a move to Turkey from Bayelsa United during the last transfer window, and has been speaking on his experience of playing professionally in Europe.

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"I think the difference is much to be honest," Azubuike began, "There are many differences. For example, the expectations are very high, higher than what I am used to at home in Nigeria.

"The coaches and fans expect a lot more from you as a Euro based professional. The training methods are different also, so also are the preparations for games but I am adjusting.

"In Europe we train with a lot of equipments, preparing for games is very different from what we have in Nigeria," the midfielder told News24.

Despite only moving in the summer and with the several differences between professional football in Nigeria and Europe, Azubuike remarkably walked straight into the Yeni Malatyaspor first team, starting their first three games of the season before leaving to join the Nigeria U23's in Congo for the ongoing All Africa Games.

But the differences between football back home and in Turkey notwithstanding, he says it hasn't been difficult for him to cope.

"It has not been long I left for turkey, but it's not difficult to cope for me," he further told News24.

He's currently in Congo with the Nigeria U23's participating at the All Africa Games.

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