Dynamo Kiev of Ukraine midfielder, Lukman Haruna, was touted as the next big star of Nigerian football following his remarkable showing for the Super Eagles in tune-up games ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The talented midfielder reveals in this interview with Completesportsnigeria.com's ADEBOYE AMOSU, his disappoinments following his national team blackout.
You must be delighted to be back home after a long and hectic season?
Yeah, u are right. There is no place like home, it's a good thing to be in the midst of friends and loved ones again after going away for a long time.
How would you rate your performance last season?
It was actually a tupsy- turvy one for me as I was sidelined for some time due to injury, but I thank God I was able to come back later in the season.
I didn't actually play much for Dynamo Kiev until i joined Hoverlla on loan. I really benefitted from that move as it allowed me to get more game time and regained full fitness.
You seems to have enjoyed your time at Hoverlla…
(Cuts in) I actually did. You know in terms of pedigree, one cannot compare Dynamo Kiev and Hoverlla, but in my time there, I got the chance to play football on a regular basis again.
The people there were friendly and the club have massive plans for the future.
They are also planning to add quality players to their squad and soon they will be a household name in Ukranian football.
Are you working on a permanent move to the club or going back Dynamo Kiev?
At the moment, I'm back with Dynamo and I plan to stay and fight for my shirt there.
The condition now is different from last season when I was injured and couldn't really compete for a place in the team.
I expect to play more for Dynamo this season, but if things didn't work well again, then I will have to consider my future or probably another loan move.
Have you been approached by other clubs?
I have some offers on the table but I think it will not be ideal to disclose them at the moment. I'm still under contract with Dynamo, so talking about transfers is not a professional thing to do.
You must have missed playing alongside the duo of Brown Ideye and Yusuf Ayila at Dynamo?
You are right. It was fun playing alongside them then, and I must confess I really missed them.At the moment, there are some other Nigerians players playing in Ukraine but nothing compares to when you are in the same club. You hang around together, shared jokes and do a lot of things together.
Many people are still surprised you decided to joined Dynamo after quitting Monaco?
(Laughs) I don't think there is anything bad in joining a big club like Dynamo. I have never regretted making that move and I have enjoyed my stay there since the very first day I signed for the club.
You must have missed playing for the Super Eagles in recent years?
That's for sure. The dream of every player is to represent their country, and I'm not an exception. I must confess, I miss playing for my country and I hope I can still get the chance to play for the Super Eagles again. What is important is for me to continue to do well at my club and force myself into the reckoning of the coaches once again.
I'm really not bothered about my exclusion because I'm confident of my ability and know for sure that once I do well at club level, then I can challenge for a place in the national team.
Have you been contacted by coach Stephen Keshi at any time?
We have talked on phone a couple of times in the past and I believe he has me in his plans for the future. Like I said, I just have to do my thing on the pitch and things will fall into place again.