Ideye Grateful for Fans’ Patience; May Extend Aris’ Contract
By Ufuoma Egbamuno
As a striker, when you go on a long stretch without scoring goals, it is a nightmare. Worse still, if as a footballer, you go a full year without playing competitively, then, that nightmare is better imagined than felt.
But for Aris Thessaloniki striker, Brown Ideye, the last year has seen him not just imagine these scenarios but actually lived it.
After he was declared surplus to requirement by his former Chinese side Tianjin Teda, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner has had to endure a whole year of inactiveness.
That all seems to be in the past now as Ideye has not only played 4 league games for middle table Greek side Arik, but has scored in back to back games including last weekend’s Thessalonicki derby. The goals came after his first six games for his new side ended with him firing blanks.
“I would say it is indescribable. It is a feeling that I don’t know how to describe but I just thank God that the goals are coming now which I’m happy about,” an excited Ideye told Nigeria Info FM.
“The club they are happy. That’s what they brought me here to do: to encourage and push the younger players and I believe I am doing that. My job here is to score goals and help the team to achieve their target for the season. I believe by the grace of God that is going to come to pass,” he noted.
The 30-year-old also described how difficult it was to “adapt” and turn things around having been out of action for so long.
“It took me time to really adapt and get back to my scoring form but now the confidence is there, the luck is there, we are playing very well as a team that’s why now the goals are coming,” he said.
The former West Brom striker is full of praise for fans of his Greek side who he admits believed in him.
“The fans right from day one. When I was not scoring they are still encouraging me, pushing me, believing in me hoping that things would turn around and that’s exactly what happened,” an emotion Ideye said.
“The fans there know me quite alright. They know that it is not easy for a player to stay away from the game for so long which happened to me.”
Ideye was signed on a one year deal by Aris Thessaloniki for an undisclosed fee. The 30-year-old admits he would “love to stay and extend” his contract.
“I have just one year contract with them. I am not going into much detail about that. The most important thing is that I love it here. I will see after the end of this contract, if I have something good, and if the offer they have on the table is good, why not?”
“It is a very good team, a very good city and I will love to stay and extend my contract. Right now if it is possible, I will like to increase the tally. One game at a time, for me that is my focus and that is my aim,” Ideye added.