The four goal –hero in the 5-4 victory of the Nigeria U-23 team against Japan, Oghenekaro Etebo has said his target is to help the team win the gold rather than pursuing the highest goal scorer award.
Speaking at the post match press conference, Etebo who was given the match ball after the game, said it will be a wasted effort to win the top scorer award without his country winning the trophy.
“Scoring all the goals in this competition and not winning the gold medal would have amounted to a waste of effort and that’s not my target. Yes, it would be great to see my efforts contributing to the success of the team, but if it will not lead us to the gold, then I don’t want it.”
Speaking further, Etebo disclosed that the motivating factor in the team is Coach Samson Siasia who has played the role of a father to the players even in times when they don’t believe they can do it, and added that the players are motivated to win for him.
Calling on Nigerians to continue to support them, the Portugal based marksman said they are happy to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians who they know were awake all night to watch them play the Japanese.