Sunday Adetunji happy with Abia Warriors return after long injury layoff

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The forward made his return in the Uchendu Warriors' triumph over the Pride of Rivers after spending months on the sidelines

Sunday Adetunji is delighted after making his return in Abia Warriors' 2-1 victory over Rivers United in a Nigerian topflight encounter at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Sunday.

The forward has been on the sidelines since he suffered a broken hand after landing awkwardly on his left arm after his brace in his team's 4-2 win at Lobi Stars on August 6, 2017.

His fractured arm got him ruled out of the Super Eagles' campaigns at the 2017 WAFU Nations Cup tournament in Ghana and the 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco.

He made his comeback as a substitute for Kola Raimi in the 65th minute on Sunday for his first competitive game after Arinze Nwangwu and Ndifreke Effiong's efforts sealed the win.

"It was a great feeling to be back to playing again after being out for many months," Adetunji told Goal.

" I am happy we won the match but It was not easy because Rivers United almost came back into the match. We all know how important the game was, so we encourage ourselves from the blast of the whistle to the end.

"It was a very bad experience for me. As a young footballer going through that kind of long injury, it takes the grace of God my family and my club [Abia Warriors] to get back on my feet."

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On his aspirations following his return from injury, the former Shooting Stars hitman, who managed 14 goals in 23 games last season, is determined to surpass his personal best this season.

"I must give kudos to my team for their good performance during my absence and I am back to help them finish well and strongly too.

"Every season my target is to beat my previous season record and this year is not an exception."