NPFL: Gabriel rues first career own goal


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Gabriel Olalekan has apologized to Rivers United fans after his first career own goal contributed to his sides 3-2 defeat against Niger Tornadoes at the weekend.

Olalekan appeared culpable for all three goals scored by the hosts, the first, ill times bicycle which caught former teammate, Jackson Daniel in the face at the Confluence Stadium, as United suffered a third straight loss on the road.

The defender who was incidentally one of his side’s best performers on the day took the time to apologize for the isolated moments of indiscretion, adding that he will put things right in the coming games.

“I want to apologize to fans of Rivers United. What happened on Sunday will never happen again.

“For the own goal, it has never happened in all my time as a footballer and I prayed as soon as I (inadvertently headed past) my own keeper (Godwin Anyalogu).

“The good thing is that I was able to compose myself and finish the game well,” Olalekan told RIVERS UNITED MEDIA.

The for Sharks FC strong man concluded by discussing the club’s poor record in away games this term.

United have been beaten in all their travels so far as they lost to MFM in Lagos, Giwa FC in Jos and most recently, Niger Tornadoes in Lokoja.

Olalekan says things must improve rapidly and identifies Saturday’s match day seven NPFL contest against 3SC in Ibadan as the moment when United will look to turn the corner.

“We have lost three matches away from home but this have to change.

“The players had a meeting and we have resolved that we have to fight and work even harder as a team.

“The team has scored in every match we have played this season so goal scoring has never been our problem. “On Saturday, we go to Ibadan and we are happy the game will be live on SuperSport.

“We will fight against 3SC and hopefully, we will get a win against a very good side,” he said.