Do you know reggae artiste, Andrew Patrick, popularly often known as Shuga Annie, was as soon as a goalkeeper? He additionally talked about his love for Arsenal and his journey into music on this interview with EBENEZER BAJELA
Are you conversant with Nigerian sports activities?
Sure, as a result of whereas I used to be rising up I cherished being in sports activities, however I later stopped. Although, my musical work is rather like sports activities, I imply speaking about physique motion, again then I used to be a goalkeeper, round 1998/99. I began music professionally in 2005.
Learnt you emerged beat goalkeeper throughout an inter-school soccer competitors in Badagry, Lagos in 1999. Why didn’t you take into account a profession in skilled soccer?
It’s true. I cherished soccer whereas rising up, however I misplaced the eagerness for the sport the day I went for a contest in Lagos after we certified for the ultimate. I labored so onerous to certain we made it that far, I made quite a lot of saves and only one purpose was scored by the opponents and I felt so unhealthy that I cried as a result of I ought to have stopped the ball nevertheless it managed to crawl inside the web. That made me really feel weak. Since then I ended taking part in soccer, despite the fact that I nonetheless love to look at.
As an ex-goalkeeper, who’s your function mannequin?
I like Vincent Enyeama, I like his confidence and the whole lot about him. If I have been to pursue my profession as a goalkeeper, my mentor would have been Enyeama. His confidence between the posts is wonderful.
Since Enyeama retired Nigeria has struggled to supply a keeper like him. What do you assume?
Sure, that’s true for now however I consider we may have a greater goalkeeper than Enyeama as a result of there’s no champion perpetually. We’ve seen some keepers who did their greatest however goalkeeping is among the hardest jobs on the planet as a result of individuals blame you for objectives scored even when it’s not you fault.
Which soccer membership do you help?
I’m an Arsenal fan. I’ve been a Gunner for a really very long time and that’s what I’ll perpetually be, whether or not they’re doing effectively or not.
How do you’re feeling each time Arsenal lose a match?
Properly, I really feel unhealthy, however soccer is both you win or lose. I like them due to their type of play, they play fancy soccer good for the eyes, their type of soccer is rather like that of Barcelona.
How do you’re feeling now that Nigeria won’t be on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar ?
I really feel so uncomfortable and unhealthy as a result of Nigerians see themselves as the large of Africa, particularly in sports activities and leisure. That loss to Ghana was painful however we don’t have a alternative as a result of it has occurred.
Do you agree that the present Eagles don’t play for the eagerness, not like previously?
Sure, it’s true. I agree with that as a result of once we have been rising up throughout Tunisia ’94 AFCON and USA ’94 World Cup and even Atlanta ’96 Olympics, we had footballers just like the late Rashidi Yekini, Daniel Amokachi, Emmanuel Amuneke, Finidi George and the remaining. They performed with ardour and all their power. They didn’t see themselves as celebrities despite the fact that they have been again then. All of them labored onerous for the nation they usually opened our eyes by making us love soccer. We received’t sleep simply because we needed to look at a recreation at midnight. If the present gamers can do identical and work based mostly on ardour, as a result of they’re making a living already, then we are going to go a good distance. The zeal isn’t any extra there and it shouldn’t be. These are the issues I really feel is affecting the nationwide workforce.
Will you enable your youngsters to enter sports activities?
Sure, why not? As I communicate, if any of my youngsters select to enter sports activities I will probably be very blissful.
For those who might flip again the palms of time, woild you like to be a goalkeeper or a musician?
I might like to be a goalkeeper as a result of I’ve the eagerness for it. Once I go watch video games I nonetheless see myself as a keeper as a result of it’s within me. I can nonetheless bounce, fly, stretch and I’ve the abilities, techniques and physique for it.
Between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who’s your greatest footballer?
I’ve been requested this query a number of instances however I inform individuals to allow us to benefit from the two guys as a result of they’re phenomenal. Their type of play is totally different however so far as I’m involved, they’re probab6y one of the best which have ever performed soccer.
Are you able to inform us why you have been nicknamed ‘Suvar’?
It’s proper from my secondary college days that they known as me Daddy Sugar as a result of I used to be the most important amongst my mates then. Once I visited Daniel Wilson at his workplace in Lagos, they requested for my title and I stated ‘Daddy Sugar’ they usually began laughing and requested for my state and native title so I instructed them I’m from Benue and my native title Anebi. They stated, ‘why not Sugar Annie’? That’s how I began utilizing the title Sugar Anne.
I will remain an Arsenal fan in good, bad times – Artiste