Ideye knocks the ball around with his Teda team mates

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.

told 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 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.”

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

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

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

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.

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.

with Mikel Obi

John Mikel Obi

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

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

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.”


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.”

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

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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