Ex-NPFL Hotshot Akpabio Weds, Eager For Euro Career Progress From Turkish Club Hapoel Katamon of Israel forward and former Nigeria Professional Football League hotshot striker, George Akpabio has scored the greatest goal of his life when he quit bachelorhood and joined the club of married men after tying the nuptial knots with his heart-throb, Norlyn Chika Echeta, at a colourful wedding in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, June 24, 2017, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Akpabio made waves in the Nigerian League in the 2010/2011 season while starring for Plateau United. He netted 16 goals, but it Jude Aneke of Kaduna United who beat him to the top scorer's award with 20 goals.
He has had spells at Ajax Cape Town, Vasco Dagama, Chippa United all of South Africa and Malatyaspor of Turkey before moving to Israel in January.
Akpabio's wedding was graced by an array of NPFL and Super Eagles players. He says it is a fulfilment of a long dream which will now help him settle down fully in his career.
"Today marks an important day in my life. I'm married to a woman of my life, a friend, inspirator and motivator," the striker tells Completesportsnigeria.com "I will now face my career fully, knowing fully well that my friend, a special one for that matter, is taking care of the home front." The Hapoel Katamon striker who netted four times in the concluded season spoke of his future in the Super Eagles, saying the senior national team door is still wide open for him. The 24-year-old reckons that much as he is not in a hurry, believing that at God's appointed time, he will get a look-in from the Super a Eagles coaches.
"The players currently representing Nigeria in the Super Eagles are doing great," Akpabio states.
"We must have to stand behind them in every single game. "Of course, every player would want to represent his country, but for me, I believe the (Super Eagles) doors are not yet closed. "At God's appointed time, my breakthrough will come. "I just need to concentrate on my club games, continue working hard and then score goals that will help my team win games. "I believe this way, my breakthrough will come." Akpabio is delighted with his contributions to his Israeli club's rise in the league. "I joined the club about five months ago from Yeni Malatyaspor of Turkey," he says. "At that time, Hapoel Katamon were in 16th place in the league, but now we finished the season on 6th position and I scored four goals with a couple of assists. "I'm happy and hope to do much better in the coming season." He fancies a break into the top leagues in Europe, but is using his Israeli adventure as stepping stone. He explains: "Yes, even before I came back home for holidays, there had been transfer speculation, but then I need to see off my contract here hoping that whatever success I achieve will open the door for me in the bigger leagues in Europe. "I don't want to stay for too long in the Israeli league."