Stanley Amuzie is happy with life at Slovenian PrvaLiga outfit NK Aluminij and outlines his ambitions as a full back.
The Olympic bronze medallist joined the Red and Whites from Lugano FC on a one-and-a-half year deal in February 2019.
He helped NK Aluminij finish sixth in the 2018/19 PrvaLiga season.
Amuzie was selected by Nigeria national under-23 football team for their 35-man provisional squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics. He debuted for the senior Nigeria national football team in a 1-1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification tie against Egypt on 25 March 2016.
He shares his experiences and ambitions with Futbalgalore.com’s Ademetan Abayomi.
The young left-back has experience playing for Sampdoria and Olhanense. Below is Futbalgalore.com’s exclusive interview with the talented defender.
FG: Welcome to The Interview with Futbalgalore.com. How has life been for you in Slovenia?
Amuzie: Things have been great so far for me [I’m] really playing well and improving my game and I feel great about it.
FG: How difficult has it been for you to get used to the culture in Slovenia – the food, language, people, music and the rest?
Amuzie: It has actually been great for me. I have settled down in Slovenia and want to improve always.
FG: You seems to be relaxed ahead of the new campaign. How has it been like in terms of preparations for the 2019/20 campaign?
Amuzie: The preparation is going on very well. Everything has been smooth and perfect. The league will kickoff on 13th July, we are almost at the home stretch of preparations for the new season.
FG: What are your targets in the present and future?
Amuzie: The target is to move higher without looking back where I have already been. There is need for me to be focused on the tasks ahead. Playing matches regularly will aid my confidence. I’m motivated to give my best. As for the team, the players are motivated than before. Hopefully, we would play in Europe at the end of the season.
FG: Do you think you club have what it takes to challenge for the league title in Slovenia?
Amuzie: We have the possibility and chances to qualify for the Europa League. We are all prepared to challenge for the league title. I hope we fulfil our lofty dreams.
FG: Away from club duties. Let’s talk about national team. You had memories defending the colours of your fatherland. Tell us those good and bad moments you had for Nigeria.
Amuzie: The best moment of my life in the national side was during the Olympic Games in 2016. It was a very good experience for me. Starting from preparations to the tournament proper it was fun. When we won the Bronze medal, I was so happy.
As for the bad moment, it was when we lost to Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier. We failed to qualify for the tournament. It was so disappointing.
FG: Your last appearance for Nigeria was against Egypt in 2016. Don’t you feel disappointed with the development?
Amuzie: My main focus isn’t the national team for now. The target is to play games, win trophies and also take a step further. When the chance comes, boom I can go. If the chance doesn’t come, I still have to work and keep on pushing. That’s the most important thing for me at this moment.
FG: You have shown a lot of zeal and pretty good technical qualities and skills. Briefly, how did it all start?
Amuzie: What is happening in my life is by his grace. The 2016 Olympic Games helped me a lot in terms of my confidence and I was happy with my performance.
FG: What are your ultimate ambitions as a footballer? What targets have you set for yourself?
Amuzie: My target is to be the best left full back in Africa and be among the best in the world. I also want to play in the UEFA Champions League and World Cup for my country.
FG: Thank you Stanley Amuzie for talking to Futbalgalore.com. We wish you the best in the 2019/20 season.
Amuzie: My pleasure.