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Taye Taiwo pleased to play first competitive game in 16 months

25 August 2015, 18:55

Helsinki - Taye Taiwo has expressed his delight at making his debut for HJK Helsinki, but admitted that he will need to adapt to the Finnish champions artificial pitch.

Having been out of action for 16 months prior to Monday's game at Sonera Stadium, the Nigeria international proved he was in excellent physical condition, lasting the distance in the 1-1 draw against HIFK.

''I'm really happy to have come back onto the pitch. I'm really happy,'' Taye Taiwo told suomifutis.com.

''Coach (Mika Lehkosuo) said that, we have a game on Monday, and that if I would be ready to play. I replied why not. He asked whether I am sure, and I said yes.''

Also read: Why Taye Taiwo joined HJK Helsinki

The 30 year old went on: ''I am a true professional. Although I have not played, I've been training really hard. If I had not been working out, I would have now played 90 minutes.

''This would be the second game of my life with artificial grass. It was a bit difficult, but by the end of the period it will definitely be better.''

The free - kick expert previously made appearances in the French Ligue 1 for Marseille and English Premier League for Queens Park Rangers and also had spells with clubs in Turkey, Ukraine and Italy.

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