Nigerian striker, Dickson Nwakaeme, is enjoying football in Malaysia despite the country not being one of the superpowers in Asian football.
The forward began his Malaysian sojourn in 2013 with Kelantan FA and scored 13 goals in 25 games before he joined his present club, Pahang FA, last year.
But despite spending just two years in the Asian country, he is a favourite of the fans, who nicknamed him Iron Man because of his strength and energy on the pitch. He has notched two goals in his first four games this season for Pahang but overall, he has scored 15 goals in 39 matches.
Nwakaeme said, “The Malaysian league is lower than the Chinese league but its improving and there are lots of high-profile foreigners playing in the league. Former Super Eagles defender Obinna Nwaneri is here (Malaysia); we were in the same team (Kelantan) in my first season. So also is Senegalese El Hadj Diouf.
“The people are good and friendly and they have a passion for good football. We don’t have anything like racism here. We are in the AFC Cup, the Asian version of the Europa League and I’m enjoying the football here.”
Nwakaeme has become a journeyman of sorts having played in three continents (Africa, Europe and Asia) and six countries Nigeria, Angola, Senegal, Finland, Denmark, Vietnam and Malaysia.
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