Nigerian Essien Bright John who plays for Ukrainian division two side, FC Peremoga, is stranded in the eastern nation and fighting to leave the country.
The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine has seen more than 150,000 people flee Ukraine since Russia launched an unprovoked military invasion last week ; United Nations High Commissioner.
In an exclusive conversation with OJBSPORT, John reveals his travails as a person living in Ukraine in this period.
“People are panicking, they want to travel out of the country. The university hostel now has few occupants in it due to a whole lot of people travelling to the Poland border, Slovakia or Romania to seek refuge.Essien Bright John.
The Ukrainian Division two league is currently on a winter break and is expected to kick off by the end of March. John is the only player dropped by his club who are currently in Turkey for a training camp.
The 19-year-old striker who is also a student of Computer Science in Ivan Puluj Technical University, Ternopil, decided to return to the University hostel in Ternopil.
“My team travelled to Turkey for a winter break camping, but I was left out by the coach and I took the decision to return back to my university hostel.”
The Abuja born player is not happy with how his club has treated him since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, and he’s ready to terminate his contract with the club once everything returns to normal.
“I don’t know what’s happening with my club. The officials have seen my posts on Instagram as regards what I’m passing through here, but they’ve not reached out to me at all. If everything gets back to normal, I’m terminating my contract with the club.”Essien Bright John
They have been cases of Africans racially discriminated in Ukraine and Poland.
Ternopil is eight hours from Poland, John and some Nigerians are not shutting the door on their options to leave for the Polish nation.
“I would be willing to leave Ukraine for Poland, some Nigerians are leaving tonight.”
John’s parent have asked him to leave Ukraine for Poland but the cost of leaving is a big challenge for the young footballer.
“My parents have told me to leave Ukraine but I’m unable to do that. The cost of getting transport is high and I can hardly feed for now. There is no way I can afford the transportation fee.” He concluded.