The former Arsenal player, Bennick Afobe, carries the dream of his new club, Hatta, to rise from the first division to the professional, expressing his happiness at playing in the UAE, and aims to stay in its stadiums for the next four years, explaining that Dubai is an attractive city, and he owns real estate in it through his visits. the former, and his family loves her and his children in her schools, and he feels with his family stability there.
The English player, who also previously played in Wolverhampton and moved to Hatta during the current winter transfer period to represent the “hurricane” for one season, is one of the most prominent transfers supporting the UAE competitions and the first division league, especially since he previously represented the England national team at the beginning of his football career. Bennick scored two influential goals in the first three matches for the Hatta team, including an important goal the day before yesterday against the Emirates team, which led his team to the top of the first division.
Afobe told Emirates Today: “The hurricane has a great opportunity to rise, and that requires us to focus in every match, and not think about the results of other teams.” He expressed his happiness at playing under the supervision of the national coach, Dr. Abdullah Misfer, and said: “Our coach is great for reasons Several, including that the training sessions are not complicated, and he talks with all the players and teaches us what we need to do, and everything is accurate and not a coincidence, but rather he performs well.
Regarding football in the Emirates, he said: “I have been following the professional league matches for some time. There are some good players and they are doing a good job. My goal is to play in the Emirates for another three or four years, especially since I am 29 years old.”
He explained, “Any league in the world needs clubs to have high-level stadiums, especially the ground, which is what the First Division needs, in addition to direct television broadcasts.”
Regarding the current English Premier League season, he said: “I hope Arsenal win the title, which is the club I represented and played one day with its current Spanish coach, Mikel Arteta, who is a great man, and I still have many friends there, so I always wish them the best.”
And about his best memories in the English Premier League, he said that there are many, but he is proud of his role in the match in which his former team, Wolverhampton, beat Liverpool 4-3 when the team was trailing 3-1, after participating in the match, and another beautiful memory when he scored the equalizer against Liverpool to become The score is 2-2 after trailing 1-2.
Afobe touched on the Arab players in the English Premier League, such as the Egyptian Mohamed Salah and the Algerian Riyad Mahrez, and said: “I think we will start to see more of them in the near future after what we saw in the World Cup in Qatar 2022, where there was a lot of quality and skill, but there is They always need to be at a high level.”
Regarding the risk of moving to play football with the difference between the teams he played for and his current team, Afobe said: “Hatta is a beautiful city, and I am here playing for a team that challenges the league, and there is no risk at all, and it was an easy decision for me and my family and every player in the world who needs a Adapting when he comes to a new team.
He continued: «Hatta Club gave me the opportunity to play and everyone welcomes me and I respect everyone here, and my only goal is to help make this team succeed in achieving its ambition, and my goal is to stay here and fight for this wonderful club».
Afobe talked about Dubai, saying: «It is an attractive city, I have real estate in Dubai through previous visits, and my family loves it and my children are in school, so everyone is well settled, and I visited beautiful places in Dubai before, and now I live in them and usually go to training, Then home with my wife and children, I’m here for football, not for a holiday.
He concluded: «I can say that everything is very professional, so I did not have any problems or doubts about how things were going here, as I played in Turkey before, and even the first division here is successful, and the distinguished role of the Football Association is prominent in it».
• “Our coach, Abdullah Misfer, is wonderful… and the training sessions are not complicated.”
• «I am here for football, not for a holiday».
• “I hope Arsenal win the title.. I played with Arteta previously.”
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