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Ibenegbu speaks on goal that stopped Pillars

29 September 2015, 21:31

Lagos - Warri Wolves midfielder Ikechukwu Ibenegbu has been speaking after he led a last-minute onslaught that aided Wolves to a 1-1 draw with Kano Pillars in one of Sunday's Glo Premier League matches.

Ibenegbu grabbed an equaliser with what was virtually the last kick of the game and that cancelled out Ubong Moses Ekpai's 44th minute goal off a penalty after Gambo Mohammed had been tripped in the box by Mine Ojo.

The former El-Kanemi Warriors man described the goal that denied the champions the full point as one of the best moments in his career.

"I am happy with this goal because this season has been a bit tough for me as I have been in and out of the team (due to suspension and injury). But to score the goal that helped us get a draw at Kano Pillar is special and also one of the best moments in my career," said Ibenegbu to npfl.ng.

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The first of Wolves' two shots at goal came in the 86th minute when Ibenegbu rattled Yusuf Mohammed in goal for Pillars with a scorcher of a free-kick. Mohammed could not deal with the shot first time but scrambled to stop the ball from crossing the line.

Ibenegbu says of the free kick: "From where I was I thought the ball went in though the goalkeeper dragged it out. Somehow the referee waved play. So we had to pick up ourselves to continue to play."

This however led to some controversy as Wolves players felt the ball had crossed the line but the referee ruled 'no goal'.

He said: "The coach made changes that allowed me play more forward in the latter minutes. I played deeper earlier but he told me to drive further forward while we pressed."

So what was going on in his mind as he bulldozed his way into the box before hitting target?

His reply; "I knew it was our last chance so I heard a voice inside me shouting 'go...go...shoot'. I hit the ball and it rested in the net. This is one of my most memorable goals."

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