Okechukwu: I Must Work Harder At Basaksehir

New signing at Istanbul Basaksehir of Turkey, Azubuike Okechukwu has admitted that he must work harder at his new base, as the club have high ambitions and targets ahead of them.

Following confirmation of his switch to the Istanbul-based Turkish Super Lig club, after a stint on loan at Caykur Rizespor, Okechukwu said he is happy that he has now sealed a full contract ahead of the coming season.

It means Okechukwu, the two-time and current captain of Nigeria’s under-23 national team, Olympic Eagles, has left Pyramid FC of Egypt, where his bright start last year was truncated by battles with injury.

He gave thanks to God for making it possible, and promised to put in the very best of his efforts at his new base in The Land of The Ottoman, especially as the club will compete in the qualifying stage of the UEFA Champions League qualifiers having finished second in the Super Lig.

The 22-year-old said he is happy with the opportunity he now has to feature in Europe’s premier competition, adding that he is proud of the transfer, as he believes playing for Basaksehir is great for his career and confirmation that he did well during his loan spell with Caykur Rizespor.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medalist also stated appreciation for Rizespor for having him on loan last term, during which he scored a goal and got an assist to help the club out of relegation and finished 11th on the log, following his efforts in an impressive second half of the term.

Okechukwu told AOIFootball.com: “I feel great, proud of myself and thankful to God for this.

“It means I’m doing well and also means I have to work more. The Turkish League is strong and then it’s in Europe.

“So, that’s why we have a lot of Nigerians coming into the league. I am just excited to be here and can’t wait to start playing.”

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