Former Super Eagles’ captain, John Mikel Obi’s younger brother, Tochukwu, has opted to begin his professional career abroad in Croatia, because he wants a humble beginning, megasportsarena.com reports.
The youngster, who is officially identified as Tochukwu Patrick Obi, enthused that his new deal in the East European country will boost his career, but quickly chipped in that he is not in any hurry to shine.
The product of Pepsi Football Academy, who last wore the colours of TBC FC Abuja, revealed all that after he signed a season’s deal with NK Urania Baška Voda and could make his competitive debut in a league match against RNK Split on Wednesday.
Rather than think of making waves in the top-flight of one of Europe’s big five leagues, the younger Obi said he is contended to sign the dotted lines with Baška Voda following a successful medicals.
He earlier agreed terms with the third-tier Croatian club before the close of the summer transfer window but had to await the outcome of his visa application before linking up with the ambitious club, where he now aims to justify the trust of his new employers.
Tochukwu, who revealed that his older brother is his role model, told allnigeriasoccer.com: “I joined NK Urania Baška Voda because I want a humble beginning.
“(I want to) learn my trade and build my football career from the scratch. Here I am alone so I’ll mature as a man.
“Croatia is a very demanding place for Nigerian players to come and adapt. Mikel just wants me to do what’s best for me, he allows me to make my own personal decisions.
“I am a defensive midfielder, can also play as an attacking midfielder. I model my game after Mikel. I look up to him, if I am able to achieve half of what he’s achieved I’ll be grateful.”