Nigeria international goalkeeper, Austin Ejide is a man of many parts.
He made his international debut in 2001 and has since racked up 31 caps with the Super Eagles.
A widely travelled man, the 30-year-old has played professionally in Tunisia, France and Israel.
The Hapoel Be’er Sheva man sat down with to discuss the rather more unconventional things about himself.
You favourite food
Spaghetti and any tasty sauce. Now you are making me hungry (laughs).
Are you a good dancer
I will not say I am as good as Michael Jackson but I am not bad on the dance floor.
Who is the best coach you have ever worked with
(Long pause). That’s a very difficult one. I won’t want to pick any particular coach because every one of them has different qualities.
Who is the most difficult striker you have ever faced
That’s another difficult one…
Common now; don’t be a spoil sport. Give me a name.
(Laughs). Okay. It has to be Didier Drogba when I played against him with the Super Eagles.
And while on duty for my club, I will go for (Maccabi Tel Aviv attacker, Eran) Zahavi.
Drogba is strong and forceful while Zahavi is extremely clever and can easily put you off. I don’t like playing against them because they are troublesome opponents.
Who is your best friend
I get along with all my teammates but I know you will push me again so I will pick John Mikel Obi, Ikechukwu Uche and Osaze (Peter Odemwingie).
I usually look out for deep thinkers when selecting friends.
Tell me about your favourite car
I will always go for SUVs.
Who is that one Woman you will take out for dinner
My Wife.
Which is the most beautiful holiday destination you have ever visited
Los Angeles. I loved visiting the mountains in California.
What would you have done if you were not a footballer
I would have been a motivational speaker. Everyone says I am extremely deep and intelligent.
What was the last movie you saw
Count of Monte Cristo. It’s very compelling. I could really relate with it.
And your favourite actor
Brad Pitt is special. I also love the protagonist of the Batman movies.
Harrison Ford is another actor I love.
What would you do if you had a billion dollars
I will set up companies for manufacturing finished products from raw forms.
I will also set up an institute for teaching young people. They will be taught about the riches of nature.
What are you best pets?
I don’t like pets. I would have kept Lions but they are wild animals. I would have loved to own one.
Who is your favourite musician
First, my kind of music is soul. I love the music that speaks to my soul.
I will go for Igbo singer, Celestine Ugwu because his songs are always rich in meaning.
Are you a good cook
I am a terrible cook. The only thing I can cook is rice and stew.
Who is the funniest member of the Super eagles
No contest. It is Azubuike Egwuekwe.
What was the best advice you have ever received
Always believe in yourself.
Where do you see yourself in the next 20 years
I see myself bringing more people to God.

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