Real Soicedad and Nigeria striker Sadiq Umar who was sidelined after sustaining an injury which could keep him out of the season has spoken positive that he could return earlier than expected after his successful surgery on Thursday. His injury only didn’t affect his club, he has always missed out in Jose Peseiro 25 man list invited players to face Algeria for a friendly game.
Sadiq is recuperating after going through surgery on Thursday.
“It was a tough one on me and the team to be injured when we were just starting to enjoy the game. The team (medical) has been kind to me. The management and players have been supportive too. I might be back sooner than you think.”
“I’ve been told I’m not alone, and I look forward to returning to the pitch as fast as I can to repay the team and fans for their kind gesture.”
“It was tough because it was my first time in Europe,” he says of the move. “It wasn’t easy as I had to adapt to a lot of things that I wasn’t used to, both in terms of the playing part and the life in general, but gradually I started getting used to it and things improved as time went by. It wasn’t easy, but I really thank God that I can now say I’ve settled in nicely.”
“I can say that my game improved both physically and technically at Roma. I became more aware of my role as a striker than ever because Italian football is very tactical. Defensively they are tight which makes it difficult for any striker. I’m very grateful to Almighty Allah for allowing me to start my career in Italy.”
“I feel honoured to be compared to such a legend and a great African football ambassador, who also at one time in his career played in Italy. I loved watching him play when I was a kid, and every day I work hard on my game to be the best. He is my role model.”