By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
In August 2019, Ramat Abdulkareem [Nene] completed a move from last season Nigeria Women Premier League, NWPL runners-up, Confluence Queens to the Turkish side, Adana Idmanyurduspor.
In a recent interview she spoke on her inspiration, career path, adaptation to life in Turkey, Super Falcons dream amongst other things.
Adaptation to Life in Turkey
It is not easy, but I practice in such a way that I can adapt to any team comes my way. That has helped me to stay in Turkey. With the language, I have this gift of understanding languages easily as Turkey is not an English speaking country. Even with the food, it is not easy but I am coping.
The quest to be an integral part of Super Falcons
I am working hard on myself. I have a target that I set for myself. I believe in God and in myself. If it is all about football, with God always on my side, I will do it. Invitation to Super Falcons is all about the opportunity and once the opportunity is given to you,you exhibit your talent. I believe that I will get the call-up and I know I will play for Super Falcons in two years’ time.
My dad [May his soul rest in peac] inspired me to play football. He was playing football before he joined the Armed Force. He was very influential to my career. As I was growing, from Primary three, he kept on encouraging me. He saw the zeal in me, I don’t know where I got it from, but I think I got it from God or I inherited it from him. He kept encouraging me. During school tournaments in my school, he was there to support me. Personally, I believe I can do this. It is just about the support of my family. When my dad died, my mother took over, She was everything. She gave her full support. Above all God has been great. Football has made me make a name for myself and my family through football.
I started playing professional football in 2013 with Nasarawa Amazons in Nigeria. I also had three years contract with Confluence Queens of Kogi State. I was still having a contract with them before I traveled. I left the club in August 2019, before joining my current club in Turkey.
Adana Idmanyurduspor League Position
The club’s current position before the CoronaVirus pandemic outbreak is down on the table because I didn’t start the season with them. I was having a problem with my resident permit. It didn’t come out early, but with my help and God, I believe we will scale through. We are not going to be relegated. We have every edge and opportunity.
Keeping Fit during CoronaVirus Lockdown
I walk out every morning. I give myself one hour. I walk out to keep myself fit and I still work on what I eat because if one knows one’s body system, one should be able to know what to eat. I urge other players not to just sit. This is the right time to stand strong if consider football as a career. At times you get tired and feel lazy but remain focused on your destination.
I set a target for myself to play in tough clubs asides playing for the national team. Then playing in the Champions League which is one of my biggest dreams.
I am not married. Of course, I am available for marriage if I can get someone who will understand me because I can’t stop playing football for now. I still have time to play. If marriage comes my way, I won’t say no in as much that the person will understand me and I will still continue to play football.
My role model is Luca Modric. He is a player with great vision. For a female player, my role model is Ngozi Okobi.
Nigerian Players in Turkey
I have not met with any Nigerian player playing here in Turkey, but there is a good relationship with us online due to different cities and we don’t meet during matches because my team might be coming to their home while they have away games.
Ramat Abdulkareem joined Adana Idmanyurduspor from Confluence Queens on a one-year deal subject to extension. She has played for Nasarawa Amazons, Abia Angels and Adamawa Queens in the Nigeria Women Premier League, NWPL
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