By Johnny Edward:
Club Sportif Sfaxien new boy Junior Ajayi has revealed it was a dream come true to move to Tunisia after spending just one season in the Nigerian Football Premier League with Shooting Stars Sports club.
Several top clubs in Germany, Belgium and France were reportedly keen to sign the young forward but he opted for CS Sfaxien to brighten his chances of featuring in next year's football event at the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.
Ajayi, who joined the Tunisian outfit for a record $1.2m from 36 Lions on a three-year deal and has been handed the No.11 jersey, told Completesportsnigeria.com exclusively that his huge price tag doesn't put him under any form of pressure.
Ajayi's move to CS Sfaxien makes the U-23 Eagles star the costliest Nigerian in Tunisia over Bernard Bulbwa and Emem Eduok at Esperance and Moses Orkuma of Etoile du Sahel, Completesportsnigeria.com can report.
"It's a massive club and I'm really happy to be here," Ajayi said. "I had my first training on Tuesday and another on Wednesday, so I'm looking forward to getting some time on the pitch against EGS Gafsa on Sunday. It's going to be a dream come true for me to make my debut in front of the home fans.
"I'd love to play for Sfaxien and I know it won't be easy and I'll have fight for my place in the team but I'll work hard to do that.
"Also part of the reasons I joined was that they agreed to release me for the CAF U-23 Championship in Senegal which will brighten my chances of making the Olympics."
Ajayi, who is the Nigeria U-23s top scorer with six goals in all competitions, is focusing on adding more goals to his game.
"With 3SC I scored seven goals and this season it's something I've looked to bring into my game, to get more goals and get more assists as well," he told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"It's been a good season for me in Nigeria and I am keen on translating that here. We're playing well and we're leading the log after two games at the moment. It's a tight league and the top three are really fighting for it."
Ajayi was also impressed with CS Sfaxien training facility, saying: "I've never seen anything like it. I'm looking forward to making this my home."
Meanwhile, Sfaxien President Lotfi Abdennadher is delighted to have signed Ajayi and he believes his arrival could land the club a ninth Ligue 1 title.