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Sunday’s heyday in Abahani

  • Published at 10:12 pm November 25th, 2018
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Abahani's Sunday Chizoba in action during the recently concluded Federation Cup in Dhaka in November Dhaka Tribune

Sunday Chizoba expressed his thoughts and discussed about the reasons behind Abahani’s success and his chemistry with the teammates to Dhaka Tribune Saturday

Nigerian striker Sunday Chizoba started his professional career in Bangladesh when he played for Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited in 2011. The marksman joined Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited in the next season before joining Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra after just a year. But the Nigerian left Bangladesh and joined Churchill Brothers of India in 2014. However, the prolific scorer, who was born in 1989, returned to Dhaka and joined one of its elite clubs - Abahani Limited - and made himself as one of the most successful players. Despite his success, he failed to play in the first half of the last season and joined the league champion side only in the second season. He also struggled in the early stage of this season, but stormed into form and proved his supremacy once again scoring a hat-trick in the Federation Cup final before scoring a brace in the important final. His six goals, highest in the tournament, was pivotal for his side to clinch a record number of titles as Abahani not only sealed a hat-trick of titles in the competition, but also surpassed Mohammedan’s record 10th title to win it for the 11th time. Sunday expressed his thoughts and discussed about the reasons behind Abahani’s success and his chemistry with the teammates to Dhaka Tribune Saturday.

You have been in Abahani for two-three years now, what are the reasons you find so far behind the club’s continuous successes?

We always stay together. We love each other, again we work hard and then we work for each other. The manager Rupu [Satyajit Das] used to come to training, motivate the players and let players know you can do it. The support is too much. That’s also my teammates that made Abahani today. Never stay in part, but always together. I think love and unity are taking us higher.

What are differences you find in Abahani compared to the other clubs you have played for before?

The difference is that I’m winning trophies in Abahani. Because Abahani and my teammates love me and I love them too. I play for love and I get something back. I win trophies with Abahani because Abahani always want to win trophies. When I came to Sheikh Jamal, I always finished second, but when I came to Abahani, not only trophy, I started winning “trophies”.

How is your attacking partnership with Kervens Belfort going so far? And how is your rapport with the local players?

Perfect. You can see the understanding between us has improved. I like the way he plays. He listens to me, I also listen to him. We understand each other now. I played with Sohel Rana, Waly Faisal and [Atiqur Rahman] Fahad last season. They know me very well. If I make run they know where to put the ball. If I come to take they know how to provide the ball. You can see the last goal (against Bashundhara Kings in the final) I scored. Sohel knew if he passes little bit I would score and when he was running with the ball he touched it very small. I met the ball and I finished. 

How are you enjoying your time in Bangladesh?

I didn’t choose to come (Bangladesh), my agent did. But when I came here I thought it’s ok. I like the place. I now know everything in Bangladesh. It’s good here but I missed my family, I want to bring them back here during the league.

Best moment of your career so far?

Best moment is football. Only playing football give me happiness. My best moment in Bangladesh is when I start winning league, winning trophies for Abahani, get in more bonus money.

Your targets this season?

I want to become top scorer. I want to win the league and more tournaments. But God has the plan and I believe in God.