Chidera Ejuke is one of the most exciting Nigerian players to watch since Okocha. His pace and impressive dribbling ability make him ‘One to Watch’ in the future of Nigerian football. Following an impressive first season with SC Heerenveen in the Dutch Eredivisie, the 22-year old recently made a permanent move to Russian side CSKA Moscow on a four-year deal.
Ejuke impressed in 25 mins as he made his CSKA league debut in their 0-3 league win vs Akhmat on Saturday. EaglesTracker spoke with him shortly after the game, to get his thoughts on the club so far, and his decision to make the move to Russia. Read the exclusive interview with Ayotunde Ogala below.
Q: What are your first thoughts on your transfer to CSKA Moscow. How excited are you ?
Ejuke: I’m excited to make this move and I’m looking forward to contribute my skills to the team, either by scoring or by creating chances for my team mates. Hopefully we can fight to win the league, and have good progress as well in the Europa league.
Q: What prompted your decision to leave SC Heerenveen ? You previously suggested that you would stay.
Ejuke: It was tough to make the decision, but I’m happy to be here now. That’s what I’m going to focus on.
Q: What do you think of the Russian Premier League ?
Ejuke: I think it’s a great step for me and I’m hoping to win a lot with this great club and keep developing as a player. I can’t wait to get started and hopefully make my mark in the league.
Q: No pressure, but what are your goals for the season ? Theres been some hype around you after last season with SC Heerenveen.
Ejuke: Just to keep doing what I’m doing. Keep the focus and try to score as much as I can, and assist as well. Hopefully the end of season crowns every effort with a trophy.
Q: Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa was the last Nigerian player to feature for CSKA Moscow before you. Did you speak with him before joining and did the club mention him to you ?
Ejuke: I don’t know him [Musa] in person actually, but I heard a lot about him when I arrived in Moscow. It’s satisfying knowing that a big Nigerian player left a legacy at a club like this. I’m hoping by God’s grace that I can contribute to mine during my period with the club.