By: Abdulquadir Adedapo
New Super Eagles invitee Akinkumi Amoo signed off for the international break with style as he scored in his debut start for Danish side FC Copenhagen inspiring them to a 1-0 win over FC Nordsjælland wrapping up the regular season as leaders.
Having been made to patiently wait for his first start for the club, the 19-year-old was handed his first league start since his big-money move from Sweden as he started on the left hand of the attack with fellow Nigerian Paul Omo-Mukairu starting on the other flank.
The former Golden Eaglets attacking midfielder hit the ground running from the blast of the whistle, needing just seven minutes to show himself to the fans present at Parker as he tapped home from four yards following an assist from Khouma Babacar to make it 1-0.
The hosts continued to dominate the first period in search of a second goal but the visitors showed resilience in defense as Amoo’s goal was the only difference at the break.
The Nigerian was then replaced on the hour mark as he received a standing ovation from the fans with his goal separating both teams as Copenhagen maintained their lead at the top into the playoffs season.
Speaking to the club’s media after the game, the match-winner praised the fans for their part in the victory stating that the goal meant a lot to him and his family.
“I’m so happy to score my first goal today! It means a lot to me and my family. It was great to be the match-winner and secure the victory, even though we should have scored more goals in the match. It took hard work to get the three points, but that’s how it should be, “said Akinkunmi Amoo, continuing:
He further stated that “It’s great to be able to help the team and at the same time make sure the fans go home happy. It was an important victory and we have to fully focus on the championship,” Amoo concluded.
The pacy attacker had a fantastic game rating of 8.7, the highest rating in the game, making four key passes, the most in the encounter, creating one chance and also putting in a defensive shift with two interceptions and one tackle.