Plateau United’s Hamzat Owolabi says he is happy to reward the confidence reposed in him by the technical crew to feature against Enyimba on Thursday in a Federation Cup Group A tie in Gombe with a goal.
Owolabi has been a fringe player of the Peace Boys for the past two seasons but he started their Federation Cup game against the People’s Elephant and got his team’s only goal in their 1-1 draw in a tie played at the Pantami Stadium.
The former Heartland and JUTH midfielder stressed that he was elated when he got to know that he would be starting the game and that he challenged himself to play his best game so that he would be considered for another role next time.
He said he was thrilled that he contributed positively towards the cause of Plateau United in the game while adding that they went into the game hoping for a win that could have sealed their place in the quarter-fina but that they are satisfied with a draw that is kept them at the top of the league table.
“I don’t actually know how to put it but I know that I am extremely happy to be given such role against a top club like Enyimba," Owolabi told Goal.
“I was a little surprised when I was told I would be starting and I told myself that I must use the chance to show the technical crew what I can do. It was such as bit game because it was against Enyimba and I must thank the technical crew headed by Coach Kennedy Boboye.
“It was a tough game. We gave it our best shot and told ourselves that we must aspire for a win. We scored first and we were on course before they equalized. The objective still stays the same. We will go into our final game against Katsina United knowing that at least a draw will take us to the next round.”
Owolabi tasked his teammates to go all out for a win against Katsina United so that they can top the group and still remain in Gombe for the quarter-final clash than coming second and having to travel a long distance for the last eight tie.
“We must go for a win against Katsina United because we do not have any choice. It is best for us to top the group so that we can remain in Gombe which is not too far from us than embarking on a long journey,” Owolabi continued.
“Katsina United are a good team and we must treat them with caution knowing that they will also be eager to get a win that could take them to the quarter-final. We must try our best not to be carried away.”