By Peter Davis
Yakubu Aiyegbeni finished up his second season with Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F with 15 goals and in part one of this interview with Goal, Yakubu says it’s too early to compare Fenerbahçe striker Emmanuel Emenike with Rashidi Yekini.
"It will take sometime for Emenike to be like Yekini"
Aiyegbeni said concerning the new Super Eagles striker
“He will get there with time,” said the 30 year old striker when asked about Emenike who has recently returned to the Turkish Super Lig for a reported 13 million Euro.
“It is too early to compare Emenike to Yekini, Emenike is a good striker but Rashidi Yekini is a legend.”
“It will take some time for Emenike to be like Yekini, he just started playing for the national team two years ago so he has a long way to go.”
“We’ve had strikers that have scored more goals for the Super Eagles than Emenike so for the moment you can't compare Yekini to him,” he said.
Yakubu, a legend himself in Nigeria with nearly 60 caps, does admit that Emenike is rightly receiving praise,
“At the moment, I will give it to Emenike, he is the man of the moment, without his vital goals the Super Eagles wouldn’t be in the position they are now,” he said when asked who Nigeria’s ‘man of the moment’ is.
Yakubu has had another good season in China, following his 9 goals in 14 games last season he hit the back of the net 15 times in 29 games in 2013. Despite his scoring ratio, Yakubu admits that football in China is not as easy as it seems.
“The Chinese Super League is getting harder every season; this season is definitely more difficult. The CSL has more good players and the league as a whole is improving, the league keeps getting better,” he said.
Yakubu is keen to get started on 2014 already admitting that he has even higher targets in China despite an impressive ratio of a goal every 1.8 games.
“I think the season was successful but I can do better and I should be scoring more goals next season.”
“I'm still getting used to the CSL but I'm settled, which is very good. The club and fans can expect more goals from me next season,” he said.Look out for the part two of this exclusive interview with Yakubu coming up on Goal Nigeria!
Beijing-based Peter Davis has followed Chinese football since 2008 and is a regular contributor to Wild East Football. Follow him on Twitter at @peteydavis