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