Manchester City starlet Ayotomiwa Dele-Bashiru has spoken of his happiness after scoring a goal on his debut for the Flying Eagles of Nigeria in their 4-0 thumping of Qatar in the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup, reports Futbalgalore.com.
The attacking midfielder ran riot in his position, making it difficult for the opponents to stop his pace, vision and skill, alongside Kingsley Michael who was also lively for the Flying Eagles on Friday.
Chasing down opponents with characteristic vigour, Bashiru allowed his teammates’ creativity to flourish, and was even involved in some bold attacking play himself as the game wore on. He also scored.
After the match, the excited playmaker said, “It was a great feeling scoring my first national goal in my very first game for the team. I’m over the moon. We gave it our all today (Friday). We’re a strong side and have got a lot of technically gifted players. I think we can go a long way at this tournament.”
“I just made the run behind the defender because I noticed that he was ball watching. Kingsley gave me a good pass. I waited for the keeper to go down before slotting the ball past him. Hopefully, I can score more goals and help the team.”
The Flying Eagles will face wounded USA on Monday and the midfielder has urged his teammates to treat it like a final.
Looking forward to the United States, we just have to treat it like a final. We need to stick to the game plan and not underestimate them.”
“We need to work hard for each other like we did against Qatar. Ukraine will be more physical because they have bigger guys. We need to be aware of their aerial threats and try to move the ball around quickly because we have more technical players.”