In our Star Check today, our team spoke with Egyptian based Edidiong Sampson, who plays for Bectel Sporting Club. He played for Dakkada FC before making the move to North Africa. In this interview, the striker explains the secret of becoming a professional footballer.
How did you cope during the lockdown?
I thank God we survived everything.
How did you start playing football?
I started playing football from the streets just like everyone else, I played for Flying Arrows Academy, featured for Akpabio Stars FC for a season before being taken to Akwa Starlet now known as Dakkada FC.
How did you make the trip to Egypt, was it through a scouting program?
No, it was not through a scouting program, it was a connection through Coach Daniel Japhet, he linked me with the agent who brought me to Egypt.
How many matches did your team Bectel Sporting Club play before the intervention of the COVID-19 pandemic?
We played 20 matches and had 4 games to the end of the season.
As the only Nigerian at your club, how did you cope with the language disparity?
When I first arrived, I did not understand the Arabic language, but as football has one universal language, I made use of hand gestures, but now I understand Arabic.
Which striker do you model your game after?
I would say Didier Drogba, because of my strength and Robert Lewandowski for intelligence because I score a lot of goals.
Do you still follow the NPFL, which team is your favorite?
Akwa United is my favorite team in Nigeria.
Any special message for the youngsters back home who would like to play football professionally?
They should be hardworking and pray hard as well, you know it’s possible to lose talents, so it is important to be hardworking. There is a popular saying that there is light at the end of every tunnel, so they should keep moving.
Thank you Edidiong Sampson for your time, stay safe.
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