Granada of Spain midfielder, Ramon Azeez has reeled out secrets of his successfully return to top form, which has earned him a recall to the Super Eagles, as he says he has been able to exhibit a line of special skills and emotional abilities that always stand him out during tough matches.
Although his career appeared to take a dip after failing to excel with the Eagles at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, following which he also slumped at club level and ended up playing in the Spanish second division, Azeez pointed out that he has been able to fight his way back through dint of hard work and by sheer determination to succeed in his chosen profession.
While recalling the days of his modest beginnings in Ikotun area of Lagos, Azeez admitted he never thought he would one day be battling the like of Barcelona ace, Lionel Messi in La Liga, but the 26-year-old added that he has surely paid his dues over the years in the round leather game.
The Nigerian captain at the FIFA U-17 World Cup silver medal-winning Golden Eaglets on home soil in 2009 and follow-up Flying Eagles’ squad to Colombia 20111 FIFA U-20 World Cup, admitted he is happy to be back with the Eagles, heading to next Sunday’s international friendly against Brazil in Singapore, and acknowledged that it is because he is again playing well in la Liga.
It is another leap for Azeez, who was part Granada’s squad that gained promotion to La Liga last season, and he is still a key feature in Diego Martínez’s side that have gone seven games without a defeat, with the youngster highlighting his relevance by scoring once in the recent 2-0 victory over Barcelona, while also equaling his all-time season’s league goal record of two goals.
Azeez admitted: “I was very happy, and it shows the amount of hard work I’ve put in, these past years. My Target is to get more playing time and have a good game when I do. I’m a box-to-box midfielder, but it really depends on what the coach wants from me on the pitch.
“I started playing football in Ikotun Egbe, I was born there. As a young footballer, I had to leave home and give myself a better chance of making it. My manager took me from Ikotun to Agege. I played for several teams and in competitions until God opened the way for me.
“I come with a blend; I like to call myself a mix midfielder. It is much like a box-to-box player because I can play either as a defensive or attacking midfielder. I pray first, I talk to my family, then I listen to a song. After that I walk onto the field to do my job.”