Warri Wolves forward and Super Sand Eagles sensation Abu Azeez has revealed that he would have been a pugilist after all.
The former Enyimba and Rangers international ace said his late father had wanted him to go into boxing as opposed to football. He however noted that he had to shun the idea according him “I don’t have the heart for that kind of sport”
He made the revelation while discussing his career so far on radio 104.7 S.M.A FM. He gave his mother a pat on the back for backing him all the way as he attempted to make his dream of playing football become a reality.
He further revealed that his mother aware that he was getting a lot of pressure not to go into football as a career told whoever cared to listen to leave his son a lone to pursue his dream.
“My mum simply told everyone to leave me alone to live my life” he enthused
Azeez who became an instant hit in beach football where he showed a lot of courage and skill opined that regular football is a cheaper nut to crack than beach football.
“Beach football is not easy at all when you finish playing it could take you weeks to overcome the pains,” he submitted.
The Computer mathematics graduate of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education talking from lockdown which rampaging coronavirus pandemic has forced all sports men to embrace said he has continued to train indoors to keep fit as he hopes to be in super form after the covid-19 sabbatical.
Azeez who has already netted three goals and three assist this season for Warri Wolves, is hoping to do better when pitch action resumes.
“I will like to see the team do better and end the season on a high” even as he hinted he would like to go into sports administration or analysis after playing.
“I see the likes of Okocha, Yobo and others making good analysis of the game and I am encouraged by that and I think that is what I would like to do. When you retire from football you cannot but remain within the circle,” he submitted.
Abu Azeez made his debut for Nigeria at the 2009 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Dubai where he scored twice.
Although Nigeria crashed out in the group stage of the competition, it nonetheless served as a launching pad for the former Kwara United ace who went on to win several laurels in beach football including emerging top scorer at the Africa Beach soccer cup of Nations 2013 and African Beach Games 2019.