And as part of his efforts to develop football on the street where he started, Port Harcourt will host the first ever edition of a sixteen team football tournament, christened the Brown Ideye Challenge.
Olympiakos striker, Brown Ideye has decided to keep the youth of Port Harcourt and its environs busy by putting his resources to sponsor the one month fiesta.
“It’s something I have planned to do for some time and I believe the youth of Port Harcourt will greatly benefit from this chance to showcase their talent to the world,” Ideye said.
“A lot of people want to play football but do not get the chance to do it at any level whatsoever, so I believe this will be one opportunity for them to shine.”
Secretary of the Local Organising Committee of the event, Sanipe Damiete Tonte revealed to Naijafootball247.com that after discussing with Ideye, the tournament will open registration on Monday, April 25, 2016 and will close one week later.
“We have been planning this tournament since December last year and we always had it in mind that it will hold at this time.
“We propose that the event kicks off on Wednesday, May 2 with the final match before the end of the month of May with Brown Ideye himself present on the day,” Damiete said.
“Already we have received a lot of messages and calls from Football Clubs in Port Harcourt on their intention to be part of it so we know there will be a rush to pick up forms. One week will be enough for registration for the tournament.”
Brown Ideye started his football career with Ocean Boys FC, then moved to Nuechatel Xamax, Sochaux, Dinamo Kiev and then West Bromich Albion.
Still cherishes League win
Meanwhile, Ideye is still in cloud nine after winning the League trophy in Greece.
He was on parade for Olympiacos on Sunday as they defeated AEL Kalloni FC 5-0 to emerge champions of the Greek league for the 43rd time ever.
Goals from David Torrijos, Konstantinos Fortounis, Pajtim Kasami, Omar Elabdellaoui and Ideye were enough to get past AEL at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus.
“I’m still excited about it and thank God for being part of the Olympiakos team for playing a part in their 43rd league title.
“If you had seen my twitter, I also expressed gratitude for the title win,” Ideye told naijafootball247.com.
Shortly after the game, Ideye tweeted, “A big thank you to all who have supported us through this journey. We are champions,”
"Great and emotional day for me. The last time I felt this way was at AFCON 2013. So Excited! 1st league win in my career.”
And this fact was lost on most of his fans that he had never won the league title anywhere before in spite of playing in Nigeria with Ocean Boys, Switzerland with Neuchâtel Xamax, France with Sochaux, Ukraine with Dynamo Kiev and England with West Bromwih Albion.
“These records are there for all to see and it shouldn’t surprise football writers that this is my first league trophy and that is why I cherish it so much,” Ideye told naijafootball247.com.
The culture difference
However, in spite of it being his first season in Greece, Ideye revealed that the culture and style difference did not affect him much.
“At first the coach made it easy for me. He knew what I could do and spoke to me before moving to the club. I’m enjoying it here. I am happy and my family is happy.
He described his most difficult game this season as the one against Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League.
“That was my most difficult game. Difficult because we were looking forward to play in the knock out round of the competition only to lose the match that way,” he said.