After distinguishing himself in the Globacom Premier League with Dolphins FC, Emem Eduok moved to Tunisian giants, Esperance. In this interview with Completesportsnigeria.com's JAMES AGBEREBI, from his base, Eduok touches on his performance in his first season in the Tunisian League which is presently on break, and the club’s indifferent run so far in the CAF Confederation Cup. Excerpts
How would you describe your first season with Esperance after finishing third in the Tunisian League?
It was good for me, especially doing what I know how to do best, that is scoring goals. So for a start, I think it was a good start for me and I am looking forward to doing more in the coming season, by God's grace.
Were you under pressure at the beginning, taking into consideration you were about to feature for one of Tunisia's and Africa's biggest clubs?
Not at all. I wasn't under pressure because I knew if given the chance I would always make the difference. And I am happy I didn't disappoint in my first season.
what impression do your Esperance teammates have about you as a player?
Well, I don't know the kind of impression they have about me as a player. All I know is that we all work as a team to achieve the same goal which is the most important thing.
Has your performance in the first season with Esperance caught he attention of scouts from top Leagues, especially in Europe.?
Yes, there were scouts from recognized leagues in Europe, but I want to play at least one more season for Esperance before going to Europe. I believe that will happen soon.
Let's look at Esperance’s campaign in the CAF Confederation Cup. You lost three lost three matches in your group: 3-0 to Al Ahly, then lost to rivals Etoile Du Sahel 1-0 before losing 2-1 to Stade Malien. What's your take?
That's football for you, there are times when things don't go the way one planned it. It's unfortunate that we couldn't secure the win against Etoile, especially after losing our first game to Al Ahly. They were all painful defeats.
Having lost three matches, do you still have confidence that Esperance will progress from the group?
We will fight to win our remaining games. It will be difficult, but I believe we can do it.
Compared to your Nigerian league experience, how lucrative is your Tunisian League deal with Esperance?
My move to Esperance has been very good, it has been very lucrative and I am happy about that.
You have another Nigerian at Esperance, Bernard Bulbwa. How is he faring?
Bulbwa is fine, he has started training and I believe the fans will see the best of him when he starts playing and scoring for Esperance.
The Super Eagles have a new coach in Sunday Oliseh. What’s your opinion on his appointment?
Well, I Wish him all the best and hope the team do well under him.
And With the new coaching crew in place, do you see yourself getting a look-in?
It is the wish of every Nigerian footballer to play for the Super Eagles. I will always do my best and let my performance on the pitch for Esperance do the talking.
Finally, if you get called up again to the Super Eagles, what will be your promise to Nigerians, especially those who saw how you lighted up the Nigerian league two seasons ago?
I promise I will always make them proud.
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