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Idowu: Nigeria exposed me to the world

Super Eagles defender Brian Idowu has thanked the Nigeria Football Federation as well as the football fans in Nigeria for giving him the necessary support that has seen him sign a three year deal with Russian champions Lokomotiv Moscow.

The 26-year-old left back finally moved in with the Russian champions after his former club folded up due to financial troubles.

The Saint Petersburg-born player represented Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup, playing in all three group games as the Super Eagles failed to make it past the preliminary stage.

“Nigeria is a great country with great people, I was treated well even right from the Nigeria Football federation, among my team mates, it was a fantastic experience and it’s a memory to stay long in my career,” says Idowu.

“My goal against Argentina in the friendly game gave me all I needed to conquer many odds. It helped me face the big challenge of Lionel Messi and the rest, but all thanks goes to the coach, the fans and the federation for such a big opportunity in my career.”

“My veins run with African blood and I am a proud one. Nigeria is a blessed with lots of talented stars across the world and I am glad to be counted as one. Playing at the World Cup will go a long way in my career, and I can tell you that I am ready for bigger challenges in my new club.”

“Nigeria exposed me to the world, and I am ready to give all my best for the people of 180 million citizens. Lokomotiv Moscow is a bigger move for me and I am ready to give everything to ensure stability in my position.”

“Taking Lokomotiv and their amazing fans to another level is my biggest priority, and with hardwork and determination it is possible.

Idowu has heaped praise on his manager Alexander William, who made it possible to ensure a top club acquires the service ofthe Russian born star.

“For every successful move, there must be a good manager in the name of Alexander, he’s like a father to me and he has proved to be a good person to my career every time and I really appreciate all his efforts, he’s a wonderful manager and one of the best in the world.”

Idowu who joined the Red and Blacks in 2010 will now begin a new chapter in his career after signing a three-year deal with the Russian top-flight champions.

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