In a club as young as ours, you expect a first of many things to happen especially with us swimming into new waters every now and then. When the lineup was announced, history beckoned for the eleven players donning the green and yellow as they were our first ever match day squad at the continental stage.
Many waited to see who will be the player to score our first ever goal at this stage, a goal that will be forever revered regardless of the full time results. Well, it didn’t take long for that question to be answered as just after three minutes a long ball was released from deep in our half by debutant Tom Teka and it fell on the feet of Duke Abuya who made no mistake when he was one on one with the goalkeeper.
The man in jersey 10 would go on to have a dream performance as he assisted three more goals in a man of the match display. We caught up with him after the game and he answered a few of our questions.
You scored your first ever goal in continental football which is also the first ever for the club at this stage. How does it feel to know that your name has been cemented in to the club history?
It is really a major achievement. I believe hard work, some luck and also determination made it possible. I have been working hard, and so has the team. We have all been eager for this match and I was lucky that our first chance fell on my feet and that I was able to convert it. The determination was there also because I had tried to score some seconds earlier from outside the box but I couldn’t keep the ball down and we just kept trying as a team.
When the ball went in, did you realize how significant that goal was for this club?
Actually, it hadn’t dawned on me that I had made such an achievement. It was only after the match that I was told how significant that goal was. On the pitch, my focus was just to give the best. I am really happy right now.
This big win means that you are one foot in the next round, what is the mood in the team?
The morale is really high. What we want to do now is to first avoid defeat away from home, by trying to avoid conceding goals in the second leg and maybe even hopefully get a win. It’s all about working hard and having a strong team spirit. We will be working towards a positive result.
What lies in the next round is Asante Kotoko, the giants from Ghana, who are decorated at the continental level, what do you think are your chances?
They are a big team with a lot of history. We will just try to bank on our togetherness and youthful energy to get the best result especially at home then also give everything away. Everything is possible if you have the belief and we have it. First however, we must concentrate on our current opponent until the final whistle blows.
As an attacking midfielder your assists have outweighed your goals, do you think this goal today can perhaps steer you into goal scoring mode this season?
Getting more goals is something I have been thinking about and the coach has also been talking to me about it. I got three assists today also and perhaps I could have scored another goal. However, I am really working on my scoring and I hope I will have some more goals this season. The most important thing is that I help the team win in whatever way. If it is in the assists or in the scoring, I will be proud in whatever way