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Nigerian Midfielder Remembers Octopus Paul, Predicts Better Life After Coronavirus

By Femi Fasetire

A Nigerian midfielder based in Turkey has taken his mind back to the mysterious and uncanny accurate predictions of the results of football matched by a German octopus named Paul, which he is now using as a reference point for the expectation of better days ahead for him and his fans in the aftermath of the currently ravaging coronavirus pandemic.

With partial lifting in Lagos and Abuja of the total lockdown that was caused by coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 (i.e. coronavirus disease 2019), the midfielder in question, Azubuike Okechukwu, who now plays for of Istanbul Başakşehir of Turkey, is predicting better days round the corner for all Nigerians and football lovers in particular.

In putting his message across, Okechukwu also sent out a heartfelt prayer for God to intervene and provide a quick end to the coronavirus pandemic across the world, in order to see the bright side of life once again and the return of football activities for himself, other players and the fans.

The two-time captain of Nigeria’s under-23 national team, Olympic Eagles, who was in the squad that won bronze at Rio 2016, went on to interceded on behalf of footballers and their loyal fans worldwide that they will all once again have tender smiles on their faces and sweet thoughts in their hearts, on account of bolts of excitement they will gain coming back with football games.

Born in Katsina, Azubuike made his marks in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) with Bayelsa United of Yenagoa, from where he joined Yeni Malatyaspor of Turkey, then joined Pyramids FC of Egypt on August 19, 2018.

He joined Çaykur Rizespor of Turkey on loan in January 2019, before moving six months later to Istanbul Başakşehir on a season-long loan deal that was sealed on July 10, 2019 and offered hope of a career-revival for the holding midfielder, who made his international debut for Nigeria in 2016 and he is now excitedly looking forward to return of full soccer action this month.

Writing against the backdrop of recent reduction in restrictions of movement in some of the affected countries, even some which have been worst hit by the COVID-19 scourge, Azubuike, who is on loan from Pyramids, said it is a good sign that things are finally returning to normal.

He went on to add a metaphoric angle in reference to the famous ‘Octopus Paul’ that made several successful predictions during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, as he issued a strong prophecy that everything about football activities, social life and religious gathering will soon be able to return seamlessly as they used to be before the novel coronavirus pandemic struck.

Okechukwu took to social media t reveal his enthusiasm with the impending return of football action, as he posted via his verified Twitter handle @aazzuu14: “Octopus they said Thinking face. Smirking face. Hope we get back to normal soon Folded handsRed heart.”

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