Brown Ideye

As the 2013 Cup of Nations approaches, Brown Ideye is in the form of his life with his club Dynamo Kiev.


He's already been to a World Cup a late replacement for the injured John Mikel Obi in 2010, and although he did not get off the bench it provided invaluable experience.

Small and quick but powerful enough to hold off players, Ideye first caught the eye at the U-20 World Cup in 2007. The tournament, which was in Canada, was the player’s first trip abroad, but was a major player for the Eaglets that went to the quarter-finals. He did enough to land a move to Swiss club Neuchatel Xamax, where he repaid their faith with 23 goals over two-and-a-half seasons.

In January 2010 he moved to Sochaux in France. He wasn’t an instant success as only scored five goals in 20 appearances, in the half a season. He was, however, lively and dangerous and did so well the following he earned a move to Dynamo Kiev in 2011.

The goals and accolades have followed. This season Sport Express, a member of the prestigious European Sports Media, chose Ideye as the best player in the Ukrainian championship for both November and December.

Ideye scored five times in November and is understandably pleased with his progress.

''As a rule, I try not to do assessments myself- this is for the fans and you journalists. I think my matches with Arsenal and  Metallurg Zaporozhye helped Dynamo to achieve some success, but this is for me the most important thing. My work is to be the best,'' says Ideye to Sport-Express Ukraine.

With 13 goals in 17 games, Ideye is the second highest goalscorer in the championship, 5 goals behind Shakhtar Donetsk's Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Can he be the top dog?

Brown told SE: ''Of course, it would be nice, but it is not a priority. For me, the great success of my team, and if my goals will lead to triumph in the race for the goalscorer award, I'll be sincerely happy.''

He has certainly flourished in the Ukraine, playing and scoring important Champions League games as Kiev progress to the group stages.

It’s been a little more stop start at international level with Ideye having to be content with a place on the bench for much of the time.

After the September game against Liberia he remarked: "Like I have said before yes I was sad to be on the bench, but I hold no grudge against the coach. I know he has me in his plans and I am willing to wait, but while I wait I will keep doing my best in my club.,"
"I am excited to have scored for my club today and it’s the same thing I want to do for my country when am called upon."

He was able to score his first international goal in the November 2012 3–1 friendly win against Venezuela.

It’s club football right now where he is making his mark in a career that began at Bayelsa United, before moving to Ocean Boys where he won the Nigerian Premier League. In January 2008 he signed for Neuchâtel.


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