Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Flying Eagles Striker Targets Highest Goalscorer Prize At World Cup

Flying Eagles' striker Aminu Umar on Friday said he had set for himself the target of becoming the highest goalscorer at the upcoming 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.

Umar told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that he would be happy to score goals at the World Cup, the way he did at the African Youth Championship (AYC).

"As a professional and a young footballer just growing up, my dream is to achieve greatness.

"I will indeed feel fulfilled if I can achieve this greatness by winning the Golden Boot in Turkey," he said.

NAN recalls that Umar had won the 2013 AYC's Golden Boot prize as the top goalscorer with four goals at the end of the competition on March 30 in Algeria.

Umar beat Egypt's Monem Mahmoud and Assifuah Ebenezer of Ghana, who scored three goals each.

It was the second consecutive time a Nigerian player was emerging as the top goalscorer at the tournament, after Uche Nwafor's feat, with four goals in South Africa in the 2011 edition.

Umar, who plays for Wikki Tourists FC of Bauchi, however, acknowledged the efforts of his teammates in contributing to his achievement.

"What I did at the AYC wouldn't have been possible without the joint efforts of my fellow teammates. It wasn't an easy feat, but it was the collaborative effort of the whole team," he said.

The national under-20 men football team striker, however, promised that he and his teammates would give a better account of themselves at the World Cup in Turkey.

"After we could only clinch the third-place prize in Algeria, we felt bad as a team. But we also realised that the third position was still a consolation for our efforts.

"However, we will try to make up at the World Cup in Turkey for all our mistakes in Algeria," he said.

The Wikki Tourists' player said he would feel proud and fulfilled to win the World Cup as well.

"I want my name to be mentioned as someone who not only won the Golden Boot, but also won the U-20 World Cup during his time," Umar said.

NAN reports that the FIFA U-20 World Cup tagged "Turkey 2013" will take place between June 21 and July 13.

The competition will hold in the seven host cities of Antalya, Bursa, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Kayseri, Rize and Trabzon.

Nigeria's Flying Eagles are in Group B, alongside Cuba, Korea Republic and Portugal.

NAN

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