Former Everton striker Yakubu has told NSNO that it was a dream come true when he stepped out as an Everton player at Goodison Park for the first time.
The Nigerian international said that it was a special moment when he first turned out in the Royal Blue of Everton when he signed back in 2007 and that he has some magical memories of playing for the Blues.
The 35 year old is back at Finch Farm this week ahead of Everton’s clash with Kenyan champions Gor Mahia who are also using the training facilities as a base.
Yakubu was taking part in a “goal recreation” shoot this evening, where he and two Gor Mahia players had four attempts to recreate Phil Jagielka’s strike against Liverpool from 2014. We’ll let the club show you if they managed it or not….
We managed to get a few moments with The Yak afterwards and caught up with him about his time at Goodison Park.
“It’s massive, you know,” he said of his first taste of Goodison Park as an Everton player.
“Growing up in Africa you watch people playing football in Europe and to get the opportunity to go there is unbelievable. Coming to Everton was a massive thing.
“I enjoyed every moment I spent here, it was great. A dream come true.
“I love football, I love to play football. It gives you everything.
“Coming here was like a dream.
“Playing with these players was great, the fans were unbelievable.
“When you score goals you see how happy it makes the fans. When I train every day, I want to give everything and when I lose it makes me feel sad.
“When I miss chances I still think about it when I go to bed. When I played badly I knew I did.
“It’s great to see people appreciate what you’re doing. It makes you want to give everything to make them happy.”
Yakubu has spent time with the Gor Mahia side and says that they are not coming to make up the numbers and just enjoy the occasion, and that they will make it hard for Everton.
“They’re not here just to see the weather,” he added.
“They’re here to play, they’re here to win and they’re not scared to play and give everything.
“They want to go back home as winners and be able to tell the whole of Africa that they have just beaten Everton.”
Tickets are available from the official site for the game against Gor Mahia on Tuesday with a 7pm kick off time. You can also pay on the gate.
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