Ajax got the best of me. says Ikedia

first_img ”I think the height of a thing is that if such a player has the talent your height will be overlooked,” he continued. “There’s a kind of talent such a player will possess teams will overlook your height. It’s just like [Diego] Maradona and [Lionel] Messi.” He also represented Nigeria at U23 level, before featuring 15 times for the Super Eagles – where he featured at the 2002 Fifa World Cup co-hosted by South Korea and Japan. Asked about his most memorable game in the national team shirt, Ikedia picked the make or break 2000 Sydney Olympics against Zimbabwe. “My best game for Nigeria was the one I played at the National Stadium [in Lagos] against Zimbabwe during the Sydney 2000 Olympic qualifiers,” he added. “We needed to win the game 4-0 and the funny thing was that the Zimbabwe coach was former Super Eagles coach Clemens Westerhof. “So we needed four goals to qualify for the Olympics and a day before the match I couldn’t sleep. I remember asking Yakubu Aiyegbeni and other teammates how we are going to score four goals. But I just said we are playing at home and with God everything is possible. read also:Can Super Eagles replicate the 2004 feat against Cameroon? “The first half was 2-0 in the second half we managed to score the third goal in the 85th minute I made the fourth goal. That was how we qualified for the Olympics so that game I can never forget.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Former Nigeria international, Pius Ikedia, has revealed he enjoyed the best part of his professional career at Eredivisie giants Ajax. Playing at Cote d’Ivoire’s Asec Mimosas at that time, the pint-sized winger was signed by the former European champions on the back of an impressive display at the 1999 Fifa U20 World Cup. At the tournament, he scored his only goal in the Round of 16 clash against the Republic of Ireland where the Flying Eagles edged the Europeans on penalties after the scores stood at 1-1 after extra-time. Owing to a lack of playing time at the Johan Cruyff Arena, he was loaned to Groningen and RBC Roosendaal before an outright sale to AZ Alkmaar in 2005 – where he was loaned to another Dutch outfit RKC Waalwijk. Before drawing the curtains on his professional career, he had spells at Metalurh Donetsk, RBC Roosendaal, AZAL, Mağusa Turk Gucu and OFC Oostzaan. However, he claimed he played his best football at Ajax, although there was not much money to spend. “For me, Ajax was where I played my best football because they take care of their players,” the 40-year-old said on Brilla FM. “In terms of money they don’t spend that much but you are comfortable, the training is one of the best if not the best in Europe.” Now an assistant coach at a high school in the United States of America, Ikedia who was famous for his darting speed claimed his height was never a factor during his playing days.center_img Promoted Content10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably MissedBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth10 Absurd Ideas That Made Their Inventors MillionsJason Statham Bought And Sold A Multi-Million Dollar HouseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?last_img read more

‘Betrayed’: Jose Mourinho savages Chelsea players after Leicester defeat

first_imgJose Mourinho accused his Chelsea players of betraying his hard work after the club’s ninth Premier League defeat of the season at Leicester.Mourinho let rip on Sky Sports after the defending champions lost 2-1 to top-of-the-table Leicester, claiming last season’s success was down to his “phenomenal” work bringing his players “to a level they aren’t really at”. Highlights from his interview with Patrick Davidson:’I feel like my work was betrayed’ “We concede two goals that are unacceptable for me. I know my best quality is to read the opponents for my players and to identify every detail and these two goals – with the movement of (Jamie) Vardy between the two central defenders and then (Riyad) Mahrez one-against-one when I want one-against-two – are difficult to accept. “I feel my work was betrayed.”‘Last season I took them to a level that is not their level’ “When you have some players in crucial positions not playing at a normal level, it is difficult.  “All last season I did phenomenal work and I took them to a level that is not their level. It’s more than they really are. It’s not all of them, of course, but clearly for some of them it is more difficult (to reach that level again)”. Hazard went down injured in the first half, tried to continue but quickly concluded he could not play on. Mourinho said, appearing to border on sarcasm: “The only thing I know is in 10 seconds he made the decision himself. It must be a serious injury as he made the decision himself and just left the pitch.”Mourinho was critical of striker Diego Costa, specifically accusing him of failing to get into scoring positions inside the penalty area. “We put on an extra midfield player, then an extra striker, because clearly Diego (Costa) is in trouble in the box. Normally his movement is outside the box, so I tried to bring (Loic) Remy in to have another body there.” Mourinho accused Leicester of timewasting after Chelsea pulled a goal back to make it 2-1. “We scored a goal with 15 minutes to go, but it was almost five because of the ballboys, the injuries, the ball disappearing and all this stuff. It’s not nice, but they did it very well.” He later called the ball boys: “A disgrace to the Premier League.”–last_img read more