This Day (Lagos)

22 April 2013

Nigeria: Turkish Envoy Craves to Meet Amokachi

The Ambassador of Turkey to Nigeria Mustapha Palat has revealed his desire to meet Super Eagles assistant coach Daniel Amokachi.

Palat, a self confessed football fan, said at the weekend during the 3rd Nigerian Turkish Friendship and Cultural Festival, that he was a huge admirer of the former Nigerian international forward and would not mind travelling to Kaduna to actualize the mission.

The envoy, who was only posted to Nigeria this month and waiting to present his letter of credence to President Goodluck Jonathan, likened Amokachi to a rock music sensation, who was a big hit in Turkey during his spell for Besiktas Istanbul in the 1990s.

"Amokachi was a former player of my favourite club, Besiktas Istanbul and it is my wish to see him in Abuja or Kaduna," Palat said.

He similarly recalled the impact made in Turkey by two other outstanding former Nigerian internationals, Austin Jay Jay Okocha and Uche Okechukwu, who both played for rival city club, Fenebarche.

Ambassador Palat, who was a former Consul General of Turkey in Germany, revealed such was his passion for football that he could have become a footballer as wished by his father. He said he had to drop the career line because of the objection of his mother.

He also tipped the Flying Eagles of Nigeria as one of the favourites to win the FIFA U-20 that holds in Turkey in June because Nigeria is a major force in football.

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