Brown Ideye: From a year of footballing obscurity to the Aris ray of light.

From silent partner for the short lived yet iconic Ideye/Emenike strike partnership, to a year without professional football and the self-doubt and uncertainty that comes with questioning your own talent, Brown Ideye has been through thick and thin to crawl his way back to professional football and is relishing his time with Aris Thessaloniki FC in Greece.

30 year old Brown Ideye started his professional career in Bayelsa and journeyed through the ranks to pro football, with stints at Ocean Boys, Neuchatel Xamax, Sochaux, Dynamo Kyiv, West Brom, Olympiacos, TJ Teda, Malaga, Taijin Res in a modest career that also saw him dressed 27 times for the Super Eagles, scoring six(6) goals and lifting the coverted African Cup of Nations.

Speaking on his journey back to football and his time away from the game, Ideye opened up on the misery of being without football while fully fit and his preparedness for life with Aris and his desire to remain in pro football for a long time.

“It really feels amazing because no one will like to stay that long away from football so coming back and being active once again is really good and for me. It is one of the things I have been dreaming of so Aris gave me the chance to come back and continue my career. I missed playing football; no player wants to stay away from football for that long especially when you know that you are fit, when you know that you are not injured so I am happy to be back”.

Speaking on his ability to still cut it at the top despite a whole year of inactivity, Ideye pointed out that he is working his way back to his rhythm and is concentrated on helping the team advance in the Europa League qualifier’s.

“I am getting there gradually because staying away from the game for one year is not like one week or one month, I still have to put myself in the same rhythm. I don’t believe that this will take time, I just have to keep on working the way I am working and focus on the team which is very important right now as we have qualified for the next round and gradually I will get there”.

Ideye joined Aris after conversations with Club President Theodore Karipides and will be looking to repay the faith shown by the clubs top hierarchy and the technical crew as he puts he’s head down and gets his socks dirty for the badge of Aris FC.

Author: Victor Modo
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