Emeka Ogbugh has spoken about his happiness at scoring his first ever goal in a competitive match for Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club, Rivers United.
Ogbugh came off the bench to net United’s winner in the 87th minute at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium as El Kanemi Warriors were tamed 2-1 in the Pride of Rivers’ opening NPFL game of the season on Sunday.
The striker said it was heart-warming to get off the mark on his competitive debut and is hoping to continue that streak in the coming days.
“When the coach (Stanley Eguma) told me I would start from the bench, I was disappointed but not angry because I knew I would get my chance.
“As I watched from the bench, I studied our opponents and knew what to do to exploit the weaknesses I noticed.
“I missed a good chance earlier but I stayed calm and scored eventually,” he told the club’s official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.
United have plenty of attacking talent upfront and Ogbugh knows he has to perform at a consistently high level to stay in the team.
The attacker says he’s up for the challenge as he look to warm his way into the hearts of the United faithful.
“I know there are many good strikers here (at Rivers United) but I am ready to work hard to impress the coaches.
I know what I can do and I will prove it as the days go by,” he said.
Ogbugh will be looking to get a look in as United make the trip to Uyo to face Akwa United as the NPFL enters match day two.
Anaezemba, Wassa eager for improvements
Rivers United duo, Nzube Anaezemba and Gabriel Wassa have both insisted that the ‘Pride of Rivers’ can improve despite winning their opening Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) contest at home to El Kanemi Warriors on Sunday.
Guy Kuemian and Emeka Ogbugh struck either side of half time to render Bello Kofarmata’s strike academic as the Port Harcourt club began their league campaign on a positive note.
Despite claiming maximum points, Anaezemba and Wassa both reached a consensus that improvements are still required for the team to reach its full potential.
“We played well against El Kanemi but we made some mistakes which accounted for our failure to score more goals.
“We will however continue working harder so we can achieve the objectives we have set for ourselves this season,” Anaezemba told the club’s official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.
Wassa on his part called for the improvements to be made in brisk fashion.
“It was not a perfect performance (versus El Kanemi) and the goal we conceded really hurt us as we wanted a clean sheet.
“It is still early though as Sunday’s game was our first of the season.
“We must improve quickly because many teams will want to beat us and only hard work will see us succeed,” he said.
United travel to Uyo on Wednesday to face Akwa United in their second league game of the season.