Former Warri Wolves defender has suggested he left the Nigeria Premier League for Finnish club Kuopion Palloseura because he was always playing on a hungry stomach. The Super Eagles defender recently moved to Finland in the January transfer window and says his leaving the club was inevitable as his contract was already due to expire in a few days.
Egwueke said he moved to the relatively unknown league because the team he signed for showed more interest in him compared to other team like Al Ahly of Egypt and Atalanta of Italy
He told thecable.ng: “I am very happy about my signing with Kups FC of Finland. It’s what I have always looked forward to.
“Playing in Europe has always been one of my dreams in this profession. Besides, by 10th of January, 2016, my contract with Warri Wolves will expire and I have no intention of renewing it. By then, I will be a free agent. So, I am happy about the KUPS FC deal.”
He continued: “It is the best decision I have been taken for now, since my contract with Warri Wolves is expiring in few days’ time without renewing it, and because I have also made up my mind not to play in the Nigerian League anymore.”
He said of his new club: “KUPS FC is the only club that really showed commitment to signing me. Al Ahly of Egypt, Atalanta of Italy and couple of others just made calls and never followed through or showed the commitment that KUPS FC showed.
“KUPS came to Nigeria to sign me on a one-year deal while I wait for my work permit to be ready before going to Finland by the time their League will start in February or March this year.
“All other clubs never showed serious commitment to signing me. Al Ahly did not come out with any offer for me. They just called me on the phone like the others did, but there was no commitment from them. It was the commitment from the Finland club side that made me sign for them.”
Speaking of a failed to West Ham in January, Egwueke said: “After my trials with West Ham, they told me they needed me. I came home for the Christmas celebration to be with family and when I was about to go back on the 29th of December, 2014, the management of West Ham Fc told me to speak to my club first. That was how I remained here in Nigeria without going to West Ham.
“Till date, I don’t know what happened or why the deal did not happen. No one is telling me the truth, not the agent nor the Warri Wolves management and not even the NFF.”
Egwueke is yet to receive a call-up by new Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh but the big defender has not yet given up of donning the green jersey under the new coach.
He said: “I don’t know why coach Oliseh hasn’t invited me to the Super Eagles team since he became the coach.
“He is the coach and he knows best. But for me, all I want to keep doing is to keep working hard and see I’ll how it goes. Besides, I still got about 14 years more to offer in this profession.”
Giving his thoughts on why Warri Wolves didn’t win the league last season, he said: “Warri Wolves could not win the NPFL because the players played on empty stomach; we played with hunger in our stomach.
“There was no financial backing or whatsoever from the management to ensure that the players gave their best in the last season.
“Warri Wolves had a team of talented and gifted players that could outclass any club out there but they got no financial backing from the management. So, the team could not give their best. Despite all these shortcomings, the team still came second and are playing in the continental championships.”