03.07.2014  18:05

Amadou Moutari: “Looking forward to the opening match”

Nigerian newcomer of Anji gave the interview to the club Press service:
- Amadu, please, tell us when did you start you football career?
- I began playing football at the age of 12. Prior to it I played with my friends in the desert where I lived.
- Where did you get a ball in desert?
- In fact, the thing we played with could be hardly called a ball. We made use of any material on hand, trying to give it a form of the ball.
- How did the representatives of your club find you then? How did they discover your talent in the desert?
- One of the Nigerian coaches who received sports education in Germany addressed that country`s embassy to get balls, outfit for the youth interested in football/ One of his acquaintances recommended me as an up-and-coming player. The coach saw me in action, thus my career began.
- Anji faces the Sakhalin match on July, 6. What do you know about the team? What are your feelings prior to the match?
- Indeed, I know what team is our rival. Though I`m not well informed about that team, but our head coach has already completely studied the opponent. Sergei Tashuev will tell us how to oppose to Sakhalin. Of course, it`s a big honour for me to play a game attended by Anji fans in such a splendid stadium. I`m looking forward to the match to show my best.

Амаду Мутари: «С нетерпением жду первого матча»

 

Nigerian newcomer of Anji gave the interview to the club Press service:

- Amadou, please, tell us when did you start you football career?

- I began playing football at the age of 12. Prior to it I played with my friends in the desert where I lived.

- Where did you get a ball in desert?

- In fact, the thing we played with could be hardly called a ball. We made use of any material on hand, trying to give it a form of the ball.

- How did the representatives of your club find you then? How did they discover your talent in the desert?

- One of the Nigerian coaches who received sports education in Germany addressed that country`s embassy to get balls, outfit for the youth interested in football. One of his acquaintances recommended me as an up-and-coming player. The coach saw me in action, thus my career began.

- Anji faces the Sakhalin match on July, 6. What do you know about the team? What are your feelings prior to the match?

- Indeed, I know what team is our rival. Though I`m not well informed about that team, but our head coach has already completely studied the opponent. Sergei Tashuev will tell us how to oppose to Sakhalin. Of course, it`s a big honour for me to play a game attended by Anji fans in such a splendid stadium. I`m looking forward to the match to show my best.

-  How did the members of your family treat this event?

-  The thing is that I studied and attended practices at the same time. My mom always wanted me to give preference to study.  But my one and only dream was to become a professional footballer. I repeated: “I want to play football anyway”.

-  Now your mom is probably happy for you, isn`t she?

-  She was happy that I achieved my dream. I`m Muslim like my mom. Having signed my first contract in France, I tried to thank her and left for Mecca to make a pilgrimage. God willing, I`ll work in football, advance so that to make her happy.

-  Please, tell us about the French period of your career. How did you find yourself in that country as you didn`t have any relatives or friends there?

-  I moved to France in 2011 thanks to my achievements made in 2011. I was 17 when I left for France. French language is not foreign to me. Besides, I`m rather easy to talk with, this helped me to become integrated with the French life. I had no problems with adaptation.

-  The following step of your career was FC Metallurg Donetsk where you were coached by Anji manager Sergei Tashuev. Ukraine was probably a new world for you, right? Did you need much time for adaptation?

-  Indeed, Ukraine is quite a different country, different culture. First days it wasn`t easy for me to get adapted. Among other matters, I`m not accustomed to low temperature. But there has always been one thought running in my mind: “I want to play, I know why I`ve arrived here. This is my job”.

-  Do you like the Ukrainian league? Did you manage to play against grand clubs?

-  Yes, I took the field against Dynamo Kiev, Shakhtar, Dnipro.  Earlier I could watch those teams only on TV, their Champions or Europa League appearance. Do you believe it, at my not complete 20 years I got an opportunity to oppose to such top teams.  Of course, it contributed to my professional advancement.

- Did you spend much time thinking over Anji offer?

- I made a rapid decision. The fact that I`m acquainted with Sergei Tashuev work played important role, he taught me a lot. I made progress in Donetsk with him. I`m confident I`ll advance in Anji coached by Tashuev as well. I knew the team is strong. I`ve been following the Anji matches since the time when world-ranked players joined the team – the representatives of Africa: Diarra, Eto`o, Traore… Plus Roberto Carlos. I knew what the team are, what big goals are set before them. Now I`m glad to become a part of Anji.

- How closer did you become with the members of your new team? Do you get on with anyone, except for interpreter Kolya?

- There is one problem that prevents me – language divide. But this is a little problem, and it has no meaning on the field. I`m quick to understand my teammates. As to the atmosphere on the team, it is very good. We always greet each other, communicate well.