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Rivers United striker happy to banish ‘Makurdi demons’

16 June 2016, 21:38

Port Harcourt - Chinonso Okonkwo has spoken about his happiness after scoring a spectacular goal for Rivers United in their 4-0 dismantling of Kaduna United in the round of 32 of the Federation Cup on Wednesday.

Okonkwo fired home from 25 yards as Kaduna United was put to the sword in emphatic fashion at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi.

The attacker missed a last-minute penalty at the same Stadium on May 22 as United lost 0-1 to Lobi Stars in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

He voiced his sentiments on scoring such a special goal at a venue that only recently reminded him of so much pain.

“Before I scored (on Wednesday against Kaduna United), I missed a very good chance in the game.

“I felt so bad because the miss was from the same spot that I missed the penalty (against Lobi Stars).

“I was however confident that I would correct that mistake as the game progressed.

“I felt so happy that I eventually scored a (fantastic) goal in the game,” Okonkwo said.

Also read: Fed Cup: Eguma wants Kaduna United scalp

The attacker concluded by discussing the club’s next NPFL fixture against FC Ifeanyiubah which will be played in Nnewi on June 19.

He admonished that the manner of Wednesday’s big win against Kaduna United may not be repeated unless the players approached the game with the right mentality.

“We have to stay humble and approach the game in Nnewi the right way.

“If we do that, then the chances of us getting a good result will be quite high,” he said.

Rivers United currently sit in second place on the NPFL standings with 38 points from 21 matches.

Guy Kuemian’s first half brace put the Port Harcourt club ahead before Onyekachi Okafor and Chinonso Okonkwo scored spectacular goals in the second half to complete a good day, News24 report.

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