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In-form Ghana striker Majeed Waris does not regret Russia move

Published on: 16 March 2014
Abdul Majeed Waris

By Ameenu Shardow

Ghana striker Abdul Majeed Waris refuses to criticise his move to Russia where he struggled to glitter.

The 22-year-old signed for Spartak Moscow after emerging the best player and top scorer in the Swedish top flight in 2012.

Waris however struggled to replicate his impressive form while with BK Hacken in Russia and has scored just one competitive goal for Spartak Moscow.

Waris' barren run got many questioning his quality especially with reported interest from English giants Chelsea before he left for Russia.

The Ghana international has however proved his doubters wrong with his loan move to French club Valenciennes where he has scored six goals in 10 Ligue 1 games.

Waris' impressive goal return in France clearly points to perhaps a wrong decision he took to go to Russia just when his career was taking off.

But the Right to Dream Academy graduate refuses to criticise his move to Spartak - keeping in mind his move to Valenciennes is only temporary at the moment.

"In football when you make a choice, you make a choice," he told GFA TV.

"It can be good and it can be bad but you have to keep on working hard.

"When I got there I was doing well - scoring in pre-season then I had an injury.

"Then when I came back things got a bit difficult for me.

"But they love me there, I like the place as well so we'll see what the future holds.”

Waris rich vein of form excites many with three months to the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The tireless hitman is expected to continue with his potent partnership with Asamoah Gyan to help the Black Stars succeed again at this year's finals in Brazil.


This article has 3 comment(s), give your comment
  • allese says:
    March 16, 2014 11:31 am
    Ur thought smells good,keep it up
  • Kwabena says:
    March 16, 2014 04:50 pm
    I agree with you when you say ‘in football when you make a choice, you make a choice and it can be good and it can be bad’. So is your choice in Russia a good or a bad one? In my opinion it is a bad one. You were just a bench warmer in Russian and you and I know that the only way to be in shape was to be playing but not to be warming the bench or not because you love a place or being loved. Based on your performance at the club level then you can get the opportunity to get a call up into your national team. You got called up into the BS because we lacked the striking pair and AA was just trying players and gave you the opportunity based on your form at BK Hacken. You utilized that opportunity very well and AA kept inviting you into the BS. Had it been that AA has other options in other players playing regularly in top leagues, do you think you would have had this opportunity even for once to prove yourself? Your career would have ended if you do not know. Haven’t you seen what is happening to Adiyia and Nkoom? As a matter of fact you played the last match in Russia and even scored a goal that won your team all the three points because you were doing well with the national team which under the normal circumstance should have been the reverse. Swallow you pride and admit you made a wrong move by following money into Russia looking at your performance in France now. You probably know how to play but we also know how to watch and read the lines and give you good analysis on what can determine a good move or bad move! Inkoom, Rabiu, Wakaso, Adiyia, Osei (now with Kotoko) and you, all made a wrong move. You were all thinking of money but not your career. May be you guys should take a look at how ETO became what he is now! In conclusion I will say shut up and do not justify your move to Russia!!!!
  • keith from germany says:
    March 16, 2014 11:22 am
    Good speech boy but u and i kno your move to cold esatern european russia wasnt the greatest of choice. But hey who knows maybe spartak moskava will now start to realise what you are made of. We all knew it was injury that held you Back from performing. Your performances in a more tougher league like france is now showing most of us that your goalking title in sweden with BK Häcken was not a flash in the pan. More grease to your elbows kid.