Q&A: Nigeria’s Henty Ezekiel braces up for Russia challenge


After painting Slovenia red with goals, Nigerian striker Henty Ezekiel is set for a new challenge in Russia after sealing a winter move to Lokomotiv Moscow. The power-built poacher has lofty ambition with his capital-based club and he shares that an much more in this Exclusive interview with 366football.com

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You were a big gun in Slovakia, what informed your move to Russia and Locomotiv Moscow particularly?

Henty: My move to Lokomotiv was informed by my agent, although I knew about their interest as they have come to watch me last year in a derby game against Maribor.

Having scored so many goals last season with your club, which other teams were interested in your services before you opted for Lokomotiv Moscow?

Henty: I had lots of offers from many European sides, the likes of Celtic FC, Legia Warsaw were amongst the clubs who wanted me…

Since arriving in Russia, how has the acceptance being from teammates, fans and generally how is Moscow especially the weather?

Henty: Since arriving in Russia, it’s been fantastic, teammates are great guys, I have adapted already into the team and weather, also in Ljubljana Slovenia was really cold so there’s not much difference with the weather, fans have wrote me lots of good wishes via instagram so I feel really good

The Russian League has a couple of Super Eagles players; including Captain Ahmed Musa, do you think this move will aid your invitation to the national team?

Henty: I can’t say anything on that; I just concentrate on my team…

What is your target in terms of goals and titles with Lokomotiv Moscow seeing that Osaze Odemwingie was a hit at the club?

Henty: My goals are leading the team to Champions League next year and winning the title…

The Moscow derbies always generate a lot of interest, do you have a grasp of past games and how are you looking towards one very soon?

Henty: I always love the derby game, from my past derby games I have always performed well, I’m looking forward to derby with Lokomotiv Moscow….

Lokomotiv Moscow are 5 points behind table toppers CSKA, do you see your team overtaking them to win the League?

Henty: I am very positive and optimistic for the very best, one win against CSKA Moscow and we are on top…

What will you do if you are faced with the kind of racism that occurs on some occasions remembering that Osaze faced such on his departure?

Henty: I don’t think that will occur in my own case thanks.