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HIFL: Gianluigi Buffon is my role model - LASU Blazers’ Abiola Saka

12:29 AM EDT 9/5/19
Gianluigi Buffon PSG 2018-19
The youngster who made a brilliant impression between the posts against OAU Giants says he holds the Juventus great as his idol

Lagos State University’s Abiola Saka has stated he wants to emulate the career of Italy and Juventus icon Gianluigi Buffon.

Despite his team losing 2-0 to the OAU Giants in Wednesday’s game thanks to Opeyemi Adeyemi’s double, the goalkeeper earned rave reviews for his performance.

In the tension-soaked encounter, he made a string of superb saves to keep the scoreline respectable ahead of the return leg in Lagos.

In a chat with Goal after his team’s defeat, Saka claims he is eager to enjoy the same kind of success as Italy’s World Cup winner and record cap-holder.

“Buffon is my role model and I am inspired by him because at his age, he is still performing and remains a force to be reckoned with,” he said.

“No disrespect to other goalkeepers in my school team, they have been helpful to me too and I have learnt one or two things from them.”

Following his team’s loss to Chike Egbunu-Olimene’s, Saka insists it is not yet over for his team and they will be firing on all cylinders in the return leg.

“We played our part, only that luck was not on our side but I’m very optimistic that when they come to Lagos, we will show them the stuff we are made of,” he continued.

“This is our first time in the competition and going this far is a big achievement for us, but our main target is the title and that has not changed.”