FC Zurich ahead, Stephen Odey featured within the maiden Complete Sports Celebrity Workout on December 29 2018 on the The Palms Lekki in Lagos. He spoke to Complete Sports’ Sulaiman Alao in regards to the health occasion, his membership profession and his nationwide team ambition. Excerpts …
COMPLETE SPORTS: Thank you for finding time to attend the Complete Sports Celebrity Workout?
STEPHEN ODEY: It’s a pleasure to return for the exercise. I like the concept as a result of it’s about maintaining match which is sweet for me as a footballer. It’s one thing I can’t ignore as a result of it’s good for me and everybody who’s right here to participate. I do respect Complete Sports for inviting me.
You now ply your soccer commerce at FC Zurich in Switzerland after making a terrific impact on the home scene. So far, how has the season been for you?
It’s been an excellent season for me particularly within the first half of the season. It is my second season in Switzerland with FC Zurich and I’m completely happy that I’m doing even higher on the membership. I’ve scored six goals already within the league and have additionally scored two goals within the Europa League. I wish to hold working laborious to do even higher in the course of the second half of the season and hopefully win a trophy on the finish of the season.
How is life usually in Switzerland for Odey, and what do you do in your spare time if you’re not enjoying soccer?
Switzerland is an excellent nation and the persons are very pleasant and accommodating. There are a number of issues to do. For occasion, after coaching, I generally go sightseeing as a result of there are such a lot of attention-grabbing locations to see. I additionally attend language lessons to be taught the language (laughs). And generally too, I hang around with a few of my teammates.
The Super Eagles couldn’t transcend the first round on the World Cup in Russia. How did you’re feeling about it?
Going out within the first round on the final World Cup in Russia was not what all of us expected. However, I consider everyone knows that the players did their perfect and I believe they need to be counseled. Playing on the World Cup is the dream of each player and if you’re chosen to be a part of the team to symbolize your nation, you can be very proud. I believe our players fought actually laborious and gave their finest and I can solely hope we do higher subsequent time when hopefully, I might be a part of the team.
Nigeria bounced again to qualify for the Nations Cup in fashion after missing the final two editions. How excited are you about this?
I’m very excited like each Nigerian and I’m very completely happy that we’ve got certified for the Nations Cup this time round. Nigeria is my nation, and I’ll at all times root for the Super Eagles. I keep in mind we had been champions the final time we featured on the competitors in 2013 and has missed the final two editions. It might be good if we will go on to reclaim the trophy. I consider we’ve got an excellent team, an excellent coach and with luck, we will go all the way in which to win it again.
Won’t you wish to be a part of the squad to the Nations Cup?
Of course, as a player, I might like to be a part of the team however then, Nigeria is blessed with numerous superb players. On my half, I can solely proceed to work laborious and I consider when my time comes, I might be a part of the team.
We are actually within the January switch window. Are you trying to seal a transfer away from Switzerland?
Odey: FC Zurich continues to be my membership and I’m very completely happy enjoying for them.