Guangzhou R&F striker Aaron Samuel has said that he was thrilled to find the back of the net in an African Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Congo on Saturday.
The ex-Sarpsborg 08 man also shed light on the motivational talk from manager Stephen Keshi before he replaced Emmanuel Emenike in the 70th minute.
The 20-year-old curled in a shot in the 90th minute which was enough to secure all three
points for the defending champions, with Ikechukwu Uche opening scoring from the penalty spot earlier.
”I knew I was going to score because I never doubted my qualities. I’m happy to score again. The coach (Stephen Keshi) had a talk with me before I entered the pitch.
”He advised me to be focused and help the team defensively and offensively. He told me to be relaxed and do what I know how to do best,” said Aaron Samuel to SL10.
Samuel has dedicated his second international goal to everyone that believed in his abilities from the word go, and his mother, whom he has a special relationship with.
”I have dedicated this goal to my mother and to those who know me, who know what I can do, and backed me from the beginning,” he concluded.
Aaron Samuel is Nigeria’s joint top scorer in African Cup of Nations qualifying alongside
CSKA Moscow’s Ahmed Musa, who bagged a braceagainst Sudan last month.