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Nigeria U-23 midfielder says Egyptian Premier League one of the best in Africa

Nigeria U-23 and former Pyramids midfielder Okechukwu Azubuike has heaped praise on the Egyptian Premier League calling it one of the best in Africa as he prepares along with his team to face South Africa in U-23 Africa Cup of Nations at El Salam Stadium.

Azubuike joined Pyramids from Yeni Malatyaspor for a reported fee of around 40m Egyptian pounds in summer 2018. However, he struggled for game time having made just six appearances for the club, as he has fallen behind Nabil Emad ‘Dunga’ in the pecking order.

This led the 22-year-old midfielder to return to the Turkish Super Lig six months later through Caykur Rizespor where he is still active right now

Azubuike is a member of Nigeria squad which is participating in the U-23 AFCON in Egypt. The Green Eagles have collected three points from their first two group stage meetings after losing the first game against Ivory Coast before defeating Zambia.

“I played for six months in Egypt and it’s a good platform to play in. The Egyptian league is one of the best in Africa,” Azubuike said.

“Egypt is a great host. We want to win the title as it’s as much important for us as reaching the Olympics. I didn’t play against Ivory Coast because I was still with my club.”

“We delivered good performance thus far. I am a part of the team and we want to give our best in the next games.”

 

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