BETIS WILL BE HAPPY IF I PLAY IN AFCON FINAL
Posted: Sep 17, 2012
Super Eagles midfielder,Nosa Igiebor speaks on his first impression as a Real Betis player and the expected club versus country row if Nigeria qualifies for next year's Africa Cup of Nations....
First impressions wearing the shirt of Betis.
I am very happy and grateful to be here. Already, I had a good feeling in training with my new teammates safe for some and logistical and language problems. But I am feeling at home already because the language of football is universal.
Much has been said about what your ideal position is ...
I feel comfortable wherever I play on the pitch; I mean where the coach thinks I could be more effective for the team. It's true that I like playing more in the last third of the field- behind the strikers. In Israel and Norway, I played many times in that role with the instructions to support the front men.
Do you consider yourself an accomplished player already?
Not at all. I'm never going to think that I'm above any rule or standard. I am grateful to Betis, and especially coach Miguel Guillen who fought to make my dream to play in one of the best leagues in the world a reality.
If Liberia gets eliminated in the Africa Nations Cup it means the club will lose your services for about a month.
To represent your country should be no dilemma for anyone. I understand that the teams are upset about that situation but this should be assumed when a club consider the signing of a player, in this case, African player. Surely, the coach, the management and the fans will be very proud if I play in the finals of the next Africa Nations Cup.
Do you identify more with Barcelona or Real Madrid?
Since childhood, I identified more with the game of Barcelona, but Madrid with Mourinho in charge has managed to cut the difference. They are the two best teams in the world.
Do you see yourself in any of them?
Now, I only see my future in Betis. I signed a four year contract. If any of these teams need me and we sit down with the club, we will evaluate everything before taking any decision.
Do you imagine yourself playing here for many years to come or will you leave if you attract a lot of money?
I will always be grateful to Betis for the opportunity that I was given, the rest does not bother me for now.
How would you describe yourself as a player?
I consider myself as being technically gifted, which is not typical of an African. It was my first coach who taught me how to pause the game and come from behind.
That has surprised you most in your early days here?
Thanks be to my agent who had everything arranged when I arrived in Seville so that I can feel at home immediately. I have been enjoying the city, and one thing that has caught my attention most is how good the people are.
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