I’m Ripe for the West Ham Challenge – Emenike

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Newly recruited West Ham striker, Emmanuel Emenike says he’s ready for the big challenge in the Premier League.

The Nigerian international agreed on terms last week before passing a medical exam. His deal with the West Ham team was a bit complicated, however, because it needed the agreement of Turkish team Fenerbahce and UAE side Al Ain FC, where Emenike had been on loan.

Emenike who has now joined fellow compatriot, Victor Moses at West Ham, insisted that he hopes to repay the club for putting faith in him by scoring goals.

“Something bigger is expected from me, both from my fans, West Ham fans and English football fans as a whole, I am aware of the big responsibility before the move and I will be glad to make great impact in the league. As for me, I think this is the best time for me to play in the EPL, there has been lots of speculation linking me to a possible move to England in the last four years but here I am now. It is a thrilling feeling, a fulfilled dream and I am ready to prove my commitment and confidence on the pitch” Emenike said.

He continued, “I believe this is God’s time for me to play in England, so I have no regret over the clubs I had signed and played for in the past. I always believe I still have something great in me to prove I am still a better player for a respectable and great club like West Ham. I have had EPL links since I was in Russia, my brothers got calls from some people over a link to a top club in London to be precise, but I wasn’t ready then because I was learning and trying to improve my game.”

Emenike was part of the Super Eagles squad that won the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa after beating Burkina Faso 1 – 0 in the final match. He also revealed that goal scoring won’t be a problem for him at West Ham.

“I know the challenges in scoring against some good defenses in England, it’s something you have to quickly adapt to and make instant impact. I want to justify my move and hope to light the league with goals,” the Nigerian star said.