Summer arrival at Trabzonspor of Turkey, Anthony Nwakaeme has disclosed that he is already loving the atmosphere at his new base, and says he is captivated mostly by the Turkish Super Lig club’s high ambitions.
Nwakaeme, who left Nigerian compatriot, John Ugochukwu Ogu behind at Hapoel Be’er Sheva of Israel, has joined another national team colleague, Eddy Ogenyi Onazi at the six-time Turkish champions, and says he is settling down fast.
He attributed his early assimilation in the team to Onazi’s presence as well as the cordial reception from the club’s management and supportive roles of their faithful fans.
Consequently, Nwakaeme is looking forward to greater days ahead with the Trabzon-based outfit, whose last home game he said gave him an even grander perception about the team.
Nwakaeme, who began his European career in Romania, had a successful three-year spell at Be’er Sheva, where he won three straight league titles and lifted the Israeli Cup twice.
In making the switch to join Onazi, Nwakaeme rejected big offers from China in order to stay in contention to play for the Super Eagles and signed a three-year deal in Trabzon.
Nwakaeme expatiated: “I am a very competitive person and I love to challenge myself. Trabzonspor has big ambitions and as a professional footballer this is what I need.
“I saw the opening game of the season, I love the amazing atmosphere, fans and stadium here.
“Everything is not about money; there is also the possibility of staying in contention for a place with Nigeria.”