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Inter CDF SE, committed on Talent Discovery and Filled with strength in Diversity. The Strength of our Squad has not only been the sole reason for the club success so far but has been the liberation song which has emancipated one of our players “Martins Davies” Keen with lots of dribliing skills and Pace Davies has been a mercurial progressing star and a success story so far for INTER CDF SE with the ackonowledgnment of his abilities by USA Based Magazine and Blog Nocoolstory. The Inter CDF SE Press extracred parts of this Interview with Chigozie Davies Iyiegbu and Posted in on here for our fans. Don’t forget to follow the INTER CDF SE Facebook fan page and Twitter handle on the left screen of our website for latest news and update with the Inter CDF SE Team. We Posted the full interview before the Paper back edition of nocoolstory as we look to engage our Fans! If you need the paper back edition grab the next edition of the Nocoolstory Magazine in USA and Across Africa.
- Below Is the Full interview
Football (or Soccer- depending on what part of the Atlantic you live in) may have become the major sport in England and Scotland as far back as 1872, but today it has reached worldwide prominence- with over 209 countries actively engaged in the sport. It presents a valuable lifeline for most third world countries. So it has come as no surprise that it has constituted the dreams of millions of young people the world over and has lifted thousands out of poverty.
NoCoolStory is in the business of celebrating the success stories of these talented youngsters. We tell the untold stories of these diamonds in the dirt and sing the songs of these unsung heroes.
One of such heroes is talented Nigerian prospect Martins Davies- who started playing the “beautiful game” with his peers on the unpaved streets of West African suburbs. He honed his talent and continues to exhibit superior ball control, soccer aptitude and dexterity. These unique qualities caught- not only NoCoolStory- but the eyes of Hungarian side INTER CDF who immediately snatched up the mercurial talent.
And don’t get me wrong; there are several African talents plying their trade in Europe, but Martins stands out due to the fact that he is actively pursuing his Master’s Degree as well as runs his own company as CEO (IT consultancy Company Goziex Technologies Limited). The potent combination of school, talent and business underline the focus of this young man. He continues to demonstrate that growing up in the trenches of poverty stricken sub-Saharan Africa and playing on the unpaved roads of Lagos have nothing to do with what heights kids in third world countries can ascend.
NoCoolStory caught up with him and here are excerpts of our conversation with this jack-of-all trade.
Notice that our questions assume normal fonts, while Davies’ response are both emboldened and italicized for the convenience of your perusal
You’re called Obagool or Martins Davies, What really is the right way to address you?
(Laughs)Yeah, been fondly called Obagool by my fans and team mates because to them I play more like him(Obafemi Martins) and have pace, even when I first came to Europe , a European once saw me play in one of the relaxation fields and told me I remind him of Obafemi Martins and took a picture of me. I don’t really see much of what they see but the truth be told, he is a world class striker and I admire to be like him one day and even achieve greater than he has in recent years and be one of Africa’s great like Samuel E’too of Chelsea FC and Yaya Toure of Manchester City FC. Well, I decided to add Martins officially to my name because it motivates me along with it when I play, the right address Is Chigozie Davies Iyiegbu
Stories have it that your parents turned down an offer for you to go for professional trial for clubs such as Enyimba FC of Aba, when you were younger? Any truth to those stories? And did you agree with their decision? Did you even get a chance to have a say in the matter?
Yes, I had an opportunity to go for trials at the Enyimba FC club of Aba. Enyimba FC being 2 times CAF Champions league winners back to back in a historic fit that saw them defeat the likes of Al haly of Egypt and the Etoile du sahel of Tunisia, It was definitely a tempting opportunity any upcoming footballer at that time will grab but it needed a lot of thinking and decision making on my part and my family, as at the time their club chairman, Felix Anyasi Agwu was a family friend, he knew my mom. It was a decision I was fully part of.
Then I called Mr. Felix and he said to me I can come for professional trials sometime in august and that if i needed to play for Enyimba that my contract might restrict me from traveling out, as they were playing in the CAF champions League then. I wasn’t entirely happy but I had to go to school, and more importantly, I had to finish school. That was the reason I turned down the Enyimba chance. School first, football later. At that time, that made sense.
Were there any other clubs or opportunities like that?
Every Footballer has a tale, it wasn’t just Enyimba FC that I had an opportunity to go for trials with. I was also in Enugu sometime at the Rangers FC stadium with an agent, a chance to go for trials too in Poland and Italy an opportunity to advance my football. In fact I had numerous opportunities which will one day be an inspiration for others. I believe that to achieve a lot in football you have to take a bold step, Separate that thin line between social conformity and your personal ideologies, Choose who you want to be and how you want to go about it. I am not a star yet, but my future is bright and the star is shining (Laughs)
You represented your school Caritas University in the CAPMHIGA Games 2009, which you were rated one of the best in the competition and has been nominated on 3 occasions as the Caritas footballer of the year which you won on one instance, what has been your transition from just a best player for a university to a professional footballer?
It was an amazing experience, it had all the settings of professionalism, I saw in me a professional and as such i played with the mindset of one. I have never doubted my potential as a good footballer but i always let people be the judge, the award was a motivation then, the school team was like a family, the caritas league was a standard league with football teams getting sponsorships from rich students and officials. It wasn’t just a league, It was one with a difference, tough and challenging, the pressure to perform week in, week out was there. The team i played for then Asencio FC was 3 times champions of the league and 3 times runners up. One of the best. I also won the bronze medal at the CAPMHIGA higher institution games
You also represented Lagos State, at the National Youth Service Corp, DG’S Cup, Which you put up an average display, what was it like seeing your game at that level?
During the NYSC, i was injured but I was glad i was in the list, i got the opportunity to play 2 of our group stage matches. It wasn’t the best of my performances but again, this is football, you always have your day. It was worth it. If I wasn’t good, I won’t be in the squad
How has it been moving for Inter CDF so far in the BLSZ League in Europe?
Inter is a strong team, diversified with strength in all departments and made up foreign based players as well as local Hungarians, so far in the league we have put up a good fight and hope to remain in this level, it’s our first season in this level and we are aware of the requirements and we are looking forward to getting everything back on track when the league resumes this year, as we are currently on break.
Who is your best player in the world?
Lionel Messi….lol, I can’t think of anyone right now, his phenomenal, his change of pace and direction is something that is worth watching, Cristiano Again is a good player and one of the best, They are my 2 best players in the world, and there is Zlatan Ibrahimovic
You are one of the rare players pursuing a masters and still playing football, how do you combine the two? Studying a Master’s degree in Media and Communications. Do you have to go to class like all the other students? How are you planning to use this degree in the future?
I already have a bachelors in engineering (Computer Engineering) am doing a masters in Media and Communications here in Europe [One of the best university in media ] and it is obviously a special course because it’s not possible for me to go to the lecture every day. What I am learning isn’t for the future – I am using it now. I have my businesses to manage, and what I want is know-how, not just a certificate.
You were born from a state that produced the likes on John Obi Mikel of Chelsea, Do you think you can get to where Mikel is today?
Of course I think about it every day and work hard towards it, although there are times self-reflective syndrome gets in and you begin to soliloquize and ask yourself questions like, Will I ever get there? But it is very much possible with God and Hardwork. Don’t just sit there and think that you can achieve it without trying. The only thing separating you and your dream is that flimsy excuse you keep giving yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.
Can you clear up the air of where you play now? You have played for Lagos State, Khukas FC and now Inter CDF SE and some other clubs
I am just taking it professional now with Inter CDF SE, I am yet to play my first competitive match for Inter CDF SE, due to club registration processes but i am inter player and i am happy here, I will get my chance and deliver. The Coach Joel has expressed confidence in me and has always demanded more commitment, When i first came to Europe i needed to keep fit, so I played in one of the amateur leagues Elte league, Khukas FC,(I scored on every appearance, scoring 2 goals in 2 matches before I moved to try a spell with inter CDF.
After watching a clip of you, I have no doubt that you have the potentials to be one of Africa’s best, wish you all the best, nice talking to you.
NO COOL PLAYER ANALYTICS
Versatility. Martins can play in any position along the front three, and similarly to his countryman Obagool, he’s threatening from all angles. He’s stockier than his compatriot, though, while his pace and confidence to run at defenders has been seen with regularity. He also uses both feet, Left and Right.
If there’s any criticism of this young striker, it’s perhaps his selfish streak. Although that’s not always a bad thing in a striker, should he break into the first team any time soon the Nigerian may have to curb that instinct to suit the likes of Messi & Co. Bigger names like hazard, we will see. Although it may be some time until he matures into a world class striker, Davies would be well advised to realize that there’s no ‘I’ in team meanwhile, his goal scoring record isn’t notable either, but an irregular splutter of starts doesn’t help.
· They said…
Jay Jay Okocha’s youth coach once said: “I’m not going to say he’ll be better than many, but he made far more of an impact on me with a few minutes i watched him play. He’s a completely different player.”
· What happens next?
Martins spell with Inter CDF SE is yet to start fully, and they’ll be desperate to see what their young prodigy can give to help the team. With rave reviews and expatriate analysis just like No Cool Story and all of the attributes needed in the modern-day striker, the new kid on the block will definitely have a lot to prove beyond words, what he can really do.
No Cool ratings
Shooting 9 • Passing 8 • Heading 8 • Tackling 4 • Pace 9 • Work-rate 7 • Crossing 6 • Skills 9