” Life was initially good however the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has caused fear and uncertainty among the residents ” Former Gintra player Damilola koku expressing life in Isreal in an exclusive interview with tobexmedia.com.
She emphasized that the situation has affected everyone, including the football community. Comparing her current club to her previous one, Damilola highlighted the similarities in club life but noted differences in weather and the absence of UEFA Women’s Champions League participation in her new team.
Regarding the impact of the war on football in Israel, Damilola revealed that many foreign players, including her teammates, had chosen to return to their home countries out of concern for their safety. This exodus of players understandably leaves a void in the team, but she expressed optimism that they would work hard to fill those gaps.
When asked about the last time she experienced football in Israel, Damilola mentioned that the league has been put on hold for the time being due to the ongoing war. “although we train occasionally, our training schedules has always been affected by the uncertain circumstances, with sessions being held only when security clearance is given.”
“The resumption of the league has been tentatively scheduled for the second week of December,” she added.
Coping with the situation amidst the conflict has been challenging for Damilola. She shared that although her location is relatively safe, she still feels the overall tension and impact of the war. “Initially, stores and businesses closed for fear of attacks, however most have since reopened, some still operate with shortened hours,” she said.
Speaking about Nigerian footballers in Israel, the former Rivers Angels plsyer revealed that she has not yet come across any in the country. As of now, she has not had the opportunity to meet any fellow Nigerian footballers during her time in Israel.
Damilola Koku’s interview sheds light on the unique challenges faced by footballers in Israel amidst the ongoing conflict. Despite the difficulties, her determination and resilience shine through as she and her team navigate these uncertain times with the hope of getting back on the field soon.