Saturday Feb 11, 2017. 11:16
Dukla Prague striker Peter Olayinka has blamed injury problems for his lack of action at Belgian club Gent and so his loan move to the Czech Republic.
The 21-year-old Ibadan-born lanky striker also gave reasons why he couldn't play for Albania after he was contacted.
He also talked about his ambition to play for Nigeria after he missed the last U23 team due to injury.
The full interview:
QUESTION: What can you say about the level of football in the Czech Republic compared to Albania and Cyprus where you played previously?
: The level in Czech is much better than Albania and Cyprus league. It is higher than both leagues. The quality of players in the league here in Czechs is much better than in Cyprus and Albania.
What do you hope to achieve with Dukla Prague?
I am trying to keep the club in the top-flight league because we are in a delicate situation. And I think keeping them in the league is the top priority, which I can help the team achieve.
When was the most difficult period of your career?
That was at Gent. I got injured on the last day in preparation camp for the season 2016/2017 and I was out for three good months.
It was very difficult for me to come back. So, I was out of the season without playing for them and that brought about me coming here (to Dukla Prague) on loan.
Who encouraged you most to take football serious from the onset?
My coach back then, John Takpe, at Besiktas Academy in Ibadan. He was my motivator and Guardian.
Did you get your parents’ support to play football?
At the initial stage, they were against my choice to play football and didn't support me, but later on they gave me their full support.
You were called to the U23 national team, but couldn't honour the invitation because of injury, how do you feel about this?
Firstly, I thank coach Samson Siasia for inviting me. I felt so bad because I have waited so long for that kind of opportunity but unfortunately I couldn't make it due to injury. I am still eligible to play for next U23 and will be glad to get another chance to play for Nigeria.
How many goals do you wish to score this season?
At least 10 goals.
What is your dream car?
2017 BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz AMG Coupe are my choice cars.
You were contacted by Albania to play for their national team, why did you turn them down?
It was turned down by the football federation President, not me. The national team football committee called me to play for Albania national team, but the president said no for reasons known to him.
Would you have played for them if he didn't turn it down?
Probably yes, because I got no call from the NFF.
When is your career’s best moment?
I have no best moment yet, still on the line waiting for those best moments.
Where is the best stadium you have played before?
Locomotiv Moscow Arena in Russia. It is an amazing football arena.
By Olusola Alao