Midfielder, Lukman Haruna, captained the Golden Eaglets to a third victory at the U-17 World Cup in 2007. The 31-year-old, who additionally highlighted at the 2009 U-20 World Cup and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa in this meeting with JOHNNY EDWARD, opens up on his experience with Argentine megastar Lionel Messi, his second thoughts not playing in Europe's tip top associations and that's just the beginning
What have you up to recently?
I've been preparing and wanting to get another group before the finish of this move window. I train with my previous foundation here in Lagos.
You captained the Golden Eaglets crew that won the 2007 U-17 World Cup in Korea. As a youthful player in those days, how was the inclination?
It was a little glimpse of heaven for us all in the group. We as a whole came from unfortunate foundations and we both realize that in Nigeria just champs are loved. No space for the second best here.
After that victory in September 2007, you finished paperwork for Ligue 1 side, AS Monaco. That probably been quite possibly of the greatest second in your profession around then, coming from an unfortunate foundation?
No doubt. Coming from a nation like Nigeria, it was difficult to get it to a top club like Monaco since it required investment and difficult work. I think my diligent effort paid off and things began blasting for me. As a youthful chap then, I just prepared for about fourteen days with the second group before I was drafted to the main group. It was a fast ascent I should say since things began continuing great for me.
So how did it veer off-track?
Wounds essentially eased back my advancement eventually.
You are one of the Nigerians on the elite rundown of players who included at the U-17, U-20 and the senior world Cups. How does that cause you to feel?
I'm only fortunate to end up in this classification. That is all I need to say. I'm appreciative to God for how He has helped me in my vocation up until this point.
You played at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. How was it facing Lionel Messi - a Ballon d'Or victor at that point - during the gathering conflict among Nigeria and Argentina?
Individuals discuss Messi a ton, however I should let you know he is from another planet. It was an extraordinary second for me. Seeing him stroll down the passage that day, I won't lie; I lost my certainty as a player that second since he is a player equipped for independently obliterating any group. Yet, I conquered it after our song of devotion was delivered yet sadly we lost that game. I actually have photos of that game in my display where I faced him. Each time the Eagles take on Argentina and I see those photos, it revives old recollections of my time in the Eagles.
Could you express highlighting at the World Cup was your best time with the Eagles?
Obviously, it was. All It's players' fantasy and I had that experience. Players that never played at the World Cup are rarely satisfied. However, I'm fortunate to be essential for the group. It was an extraordinary second and a nice sentiment. It's the fantasy of each and every player to address their country at the World Cup. I was exceptionally lucky to make the crew. I played two games, however we lost those matches, it stays a satisfying second for me.
You have played for a few European clubs. Which of these groups did you appreciate playing for the most?
I had extraordinary time playing for every one of the groups I featured for from Monaco, Dynamo Kiev, Anzhi-Makhachkala, Astana and Palanga. I never expected I planned to play for Monaco, neither did I accept I would take a uber action to Ukraine then too. In this way, I had great times at the clubs I played for before COVID-19 struck. I was not shy of offers each time the exchange window resumed then since I was playing great.
Do you lament not playing in Europe's top associations like the Premier League, Serie An or the Spanish LaLiga?
Obviously, I truly do lament that. what's more, I'm generally disturbed when that's what I recollect. I got a proposal from Arsenal while I was playing for Monaco then yet they turned down the proposition. What's more, after the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Inter Milan came calling, yet Dynamo Kiev additionally dismissed the arrangement. Bordeaux and Olympiakos likewise made offers however they were completely declined by Dynamo Kiev then also. I stalled out there for some time because of wounds before I battled my direction back. Yet, I had great times at the club. Beside that, wounds was quite possibly of the greatest lament I had.
How would you adapt to your female fans?
I'm utilized to them a great deal. I don't take off from them. I regard them a great deal. My fans comprehend that I don't take off from them.
Most athletes carry on with an extravagant way of life. Is it safe to say that you are unique?
It relies heavily on how individuals see me. I don't think I live ostentatious, however I do what I need. I buckle down, so I have the right to carry on with the sort of life I need. A few footballers carry on with extremely luxurious ways of life, however I am unique. I'm simply that ordinary person who loves looking great generally. I love my gems on me generally. I have a ton of them in my closet. Indeed, they are costly. I buckle down so I have the right to purchase something really great for myself.
What's your evaluation of the ongoing Super Eagles under new mentor Jose Peseiro?
The ongoing Eagles are putting forth a valiant effort however they need more experienced players to direct the youthful group. I generally use Argentina for instance, at 34, Angel Di Maria is as yet playing for them, in like manner Lionel Messi, who is 35. They similarly have youthful players in their crew, however these more established players are in the group. Thus, we likewise need a couple of experienced players in the group, around the ongoing yield of players on the grounds that not meeting all requirements for the World Cup is certainly not something to be thankful for by any stretch of the imagination.
How could you feel when the Eagles passed up Qatar 2022?
I'm not glad to say we didn't do well during the two-legged end of the season games. We were deficient in such countless regions during the two games. The midfield couldn't make opportunities for the strikers. All we did was simply play the ball to the spaces for our advances to pursue down since we accept we had a striker that could jump high to head the ball into the net. We really want midfield players with extraordinary certainty like Mikel Obi, who can send great passes to the strikers to score. The players in the group are great, however they actually miss the mark on components, similar to certainty. They would rather not face challenges and life is about risk. I comprehend the reason why some of them are terrified of facing such challenges. It is on the grounds that they are being called out for botches. They use it against you.
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