Up close and personal with Brown Ideye

Ideye knocks the ball around with his Teda team mates
China Acheru

Super Eagles and Tianjin Teda striker, Brown Ideye is not losing sleep over the country’s failure to beat South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in Uyo last month.

Ideye told Naijafootball247.com that Nigeria can still qualify for both tournaments if the Federation and coaches do the rights things.

I understand the fear of every one now, but it is still possible that we can qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations,” Ideye said.

In football everything is possible so we can qualify though it seems doubtful with the results and what happened during the game against South Africa.

We have five games left to play so we must begin to do the right things.”

Brown Ideye told Naijafootball247.com that the fans need to know all hope is not lost for Nigeria to be at the AFCON in 2019 and the World Cup next year.

Qualification is possible but we must do the right things. We must work as a team and put heads together to qualify for the World Cup and Nations Cup, but it cannot be done with out carrying all the players and staff along.”

What he brings in

As evidenced by his AFCON 2013 partnership with Emmanuel Emenike, his assist for Iheanacho’s goal against Zambia in 2016 and many others, Ideye describes himself as an unselfish player who works for the team and not himself.

I always put my teams first and not myself and this is about the Super Eagles and what ever club I play for.

In football, team work is more important than personal glory and someone has to make the sacrifices,” Ideye continued.

He suggested that these are the qualities he brings to the Super Eagles whenever he is called up.

If everyone wants to score then we will have problems with the team. One person must assist for another. You cannot pass to your self to score. I contribute a lot to teams, especially the Super Eagles and I never put myself before the team.”

Since joining Tianjin Teda from Olympiakos, he seems to have settled in, unlike when he moved from Dinamo Kiev to West Bromwich Albion.

Four goals from eleven games and it is a much better start than in England with West Bromwich Albion.

Well, the difference is that I was playing the League in Greece and moved over here from Olympiakos so I had no issues with fitness, but in England I joined from the off season and missed the pre-season due to visa issues and all.

Here I had no issues with physical fitness but just had to adapt to the tactics of the coach.”

Communications, though has been tough “though all foreign players have translators. On match day, I and Mikel Obi communicate through pidgin English to give us the edge over others,” he said.

Relationship with Mikel Obi
John Mikel Obi

Mikel Obi first joined Teda before Ideye who describes his Super Eagles captain as a good friend and leader.

It is very good to have a player like Mikel in your team and I must say it is a blessing.

He has really been a brother, friend and colleague and helped me a lot even before I came to the team. The relationship is really good.”

Family ties

The distance from Tianjin to Greece where his family resides is probably killing him as he explains that since he moved outside Nigeria to play professional football, he has not been away from his family so long.

It has been tough. I just touched base with them during the last international break and took time off from my club to have quality time with my family.

Since my career in Europe started, I have not been away from them this long.”

Love for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

When people ask who my role model is in football, they are surprised to hear me say, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and they begin to wonder if we play similar styles, but I can say that I have always tried to learn from watching him.

Most of the things Zlatan does with his head and ball at his feet, I try to do too,” Ideye explained to Naijafootball247.com.

Ideye says he plans to win honours with Tianjin Teda and return to the Super Eagles to help the team qualify for the AFCON and World Cup like he and his colleagues did in 2013 and 2014.

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