By Omolagba Oluwayemi
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
One of Nigeria’s most prolific striker playing in Africa, Samuel Akinbinu ended the Djibouti Premier League season the way he started, scoring Arta/Solar 7 last goal of the 2020/21 season.
The former Lobi Stars of Markurdi attacker who was boosted by the arrival of Cameroon and Arsenal former player, Alex Song at his club at the beginning of the season missed out of the top scorer, coming second behind Ghanian teammate, Gabriel Dezie.
Gabriel scored 26 goals to finish highest scorer 10 more than Akinbinu Samuel.
With 16 goals in the league and 4 in cup games which is in its semifinal stage, Samuel has so far enjoyed his second year with Arta/Solar 7 and with the cup semi-final against Gade coming up this Friday, Samuel is poised to winning another laurel with Solar soon.
It was the first league trophy for Arta/Solar 7 and that is coming after their 40 years of existence.
Speaking exclusively to kick442.com about the historic feet achieved with Arta/Solar 7, Samuel said:
“I felt so good and all thanks must be to God for making this happen.”
“The arrival of Alex Song from Europe and Ghanian International, Danny Nounkeu who joined from Galatasaray boosted our morale and their exposure really helped us all through the season,” he added when asked about the secret behind the historical feet achieved by his team.
“All in all, everything is God, it’s not human work but that of God.”
Samuel already out of celebration mode and immediately began to talk about the next season where he is dreaming of achieving big dreams with Solar
“Right now the league season is over although there is the cup games left, but the plan is to start preparing for CAF Champions League hoping things will work fine for us.”
Solar 7 are the cup defending champions and Samuel believed his team will defend the trophy they won last season.
Samuel’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season and asked about extension, he said:
“Regarding contract extension, God knows best so I can’t say for now.”
Wrapping up the interview with kick442.com, Samuel offered some words of advice to every footballers in Africa, Europe and all over the World;
“For all the footballers, it’s not been an easy journey for us, let’s follow the process either good or bad.
Using myself as an example, God has been my help and so I’m asking every footballer to believe in God, put their trust in Him and most especially, put Him first because He’s the almighty.
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