Ifeanyi Ifeanyi is delighted after he helped Akwa United to a 2-1 comeback victory over 10-man Heartland at the Goodwill Akpabio Stadium on Wednesday.
The midfielder has been on the sidelines since January 2018 after an injury he picked at the African Nations Championship in Morocco and but recovered to help the Uyo-based outfit to a victory.
Francis Momoh put the visitors in front in 22nd minute but Ifeanyi equalised 10 minutes later from a freekick spot before Katoh Haggai's second-half winner sealed maximum points for the hosts.
And the Promise Keepers man relieves his experience on the sidelines and is thankful for the efforts of the team's medics in his recovery from his knee injury.
"It was a great joy for me to be back to the team [Akwa United] and scoring in my first game of the season," Ifeanyi told Goal.
"I'm grateful to the technical crew for their patient to see me fit and offering me the chance to play again. I must also thank the medical team for their efforts in helping me recover fully.
"It has been really tough watching my team fight to win games and me sitting out without a chance to help them.
"Not easy at all. A lot of frustrating moments but that is part of the game. When you're injured you must be patient to recover fully."
With his first goal on his maiden appearance this season, the former MFM man is set to excel with Akwa United.
"Above all, I'm pleased getting back on the pitch and contributing my best once again to help the team win against Heartland.
"It was really a tough battle because the away team scored first. But I'm delighted we were able to come back into the game quick enough and eventually won," he continued.
"That's really a fulfilling return for me and I must thank my teammates for always been there and keeping the team strong and winning in my absence. I'm back and better."
Returning Ifeanyi has now scored two goals since he joined the Promise Keepers from the Olukoya Boys in 2016.