Jigawa’s Lala eyes Rangers’ scalp

Jigawa Golden Stars forward Abdullahi Musa Lala said the team’s target in the on-going Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) campaign was to finish in the top four.

The Dutse-based outfit won their first league game against Sunshine Stars by 1-0 but lost their second game against Dakkada FC 2-1 last Sunday in Uyo to stand in seventh place on the log.

Yet Lala said the team has all it takes to compete among the big clubs in the NPFL, stressing he and his colleagues are poised to secure a continental ticket.

“My expectations this season is to be in the top four; so that we can be among the clubs that will be played in the CAF competitions next season,” Lala said.

The former YSFON product has in the meantime, set sight on registering his name on the scorer sheet when Jigawa hosts Rangers International on Matchday three on Sunday at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium.

“We just want to take that points and I hope to be one of the goal scorers for my team by God’s grace,” he affirmed.

The season resumes a fortnight ago after a nine-month break due to COVID 19 but the 2012 Nigeria National League (NNL) highest goal scorer said the NPFL has not been the same without fans.

“Yeah! It’s not been easy playing without fans because they are the ones to boost our morale,” he said.

The Kaduna-born star started his top-flight football career at the Katsina United in the 2017/18 season after helping the team gained promotion to the elite division in the 2016/2017 season.

He played at Dynamic Sporting Solution in Kaduna and Kaduna United respectively before joining Jigawa Golden Stars in 2019.

The 2005 YSFON U13 highest goal scorer and 2006 U14 Most Valuable Player said he has fond admiration for Ronaldo da Lima, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, and Sadio Mane.

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