Leke James has told ScoreNigeria.com.ng the birth of his daughter was one of the things that drove him when he was down with a career-threatening injury for over a year.
However, the Molde FK striker said he is grateful to coach Ole Gunner Solkjaer for helping him regain his confidence.
The full interview:
SCORENIGERIA: How was it for you not to play football for over a year?
LEKE JAMES: It wasn’t funny I did not play football for over a year. It was a tough and frustrating time for me.
What was going through your mind when you were seeing your teammates on the pitch and you were not?
I was sad I could not join my teammates while they were on the pitch because it’s my job and always want to be on the pitch to contribute my quota.
What was your great motivation while you were recovering from the injury?
My family was my main motivation especially my newly-born daughter during my recovery period. Her coming into the family gave me joy and motivate me even more.
You signed the Molde FK contract while you are yet to fully recover from the injury, what can you say of this?
Yes, I signed for Molde FK while I was yet to be fully fit. The club approached me because they believe in my ability and they know what I can do having played in Norway previously. They believe I could bring more energy to the group, so they were ready to wait for me to be fully fit.
God has been faithful, I had about seven offers while still in rehab, normally clubs won’t want to take or approach a player who is still out injured, but my case was different. To God be the glory!
How will you describe your coach at Molde, what did he do to contribute to your return to action?
The coach is a nice man, he really wanted me to join the team and strongly believes in my potentials. He gave me enough time to recover fully and helped me to build back my confidence gradually.
You started for Molde in a UEFA Europa League qualifier with a goal, what does that mean to you?
Yes, it was my first game for Molde FK and also my first game after the injury and I happen to be on the scoresheet. It was an emotional day for me.
What do you have to tell your fans?
I want to tell my fans out there that I love them, I appreciate them and thank them for supporting me all through. I’m ready to put in more work to always make them happy.
By Olusola Alao