Aaron Samuel has revealed that the major reason he left CSKA Moscow for Amkar Perm was to play regularly so as to earn a recall to the Super Eagles,Completesportsnigeria.com (CSN) reports.
Samuel joined Amkar Perm on loan till the end of the season after finding regular playing time hard to come by.
Prior to Samuel exit from CSKA Moscow in January, the 23 year old Nigeria international missed the match-day squad once and was an unused substitute in 12 league games.
The former Guangzhou R&F of China forward also featured in seven games where he scored just one goal against Tosno in September 2017..
Samuel made his first start for Amkar Perm in Sunday’s goalless draw against Zenith St Petersburg and admitted he felt more confident handing a starting role at his new club despite firing blanks in 77 minutes of action.
“I felt great starting in my first game for my new team. 77 minutes on the field will give me confidence. For me it was a good match,” Samuel told sports.ru.
“To play regularly was one of the main reasons why I left CSKA for a loan in Amkar.
“I vowed to work hard in my new club to justify the team’s investment and also to earn a chance to get back into the Nigerian national team.
“Playing against Zenith is always difficult to play, and this match was no exception. Draw – a good result, given the level of the opponent.”
Samuel is expected to lead the lines again for Amkar Perm who host Arsenal Tula in their next game on Friday.