PHOTO: Sadiq Umar celebrates his second goal against Deportivo Alaves with his teammate last weekend.
Former U-23 National team striker, Sadiq Umar has vowed to score more goals for his club UD Almeria after scoring a brace to lead his club to the Round of 16 of the Copa Del Rey in their 5-0 rout of La Liga Santander side, Deportivo Alaves last weekend.
Having met his target of 17 goals for last season in just 29 games this term and with lots of games more to be played, the striker hopes to score more crucial goals for UD Almeria as they eye La Liga return at the end of the season.
“My target is to beat my last year’s goals and now I have done it. Without limits, I just have to keep on going and see where I will arrive (at the end of the season),” Umar told www.adantesports.com.ng.
The Rio Olympics bronze medallist added that Rojiblancos are improving In every game based on the numbers of matches and successes they have recorded including the morale-boosting 5-0 triumph over the topflight side, Alaves last weekend.
“For us to beat a first-team side (like Alaves) all came with the belief and the pep talk we had among ourselves. We told ourselves that we needed to get a positive result from big games such as this and this inspired us to achieve our target. Even though I had played bigger teams than this before, like playing against big clubs in the Europa League like Manchester United. I also played in Serie A (for Bologna and AS Roma). I have experience when it comes to such games.
“But here (before the game with Alaves), we didn’t bother ourselves thinking we want to play a first division team because of the commitment to the target we have set for ourselves. We just wanted a test in bigger games and we did past the test. Now, it gives us more confidence in the team which keeps us going,” he concluded.
Umar’s superlative season is rubbing on Almeria positively as they are currently third in the La Liga Smartbank with 41 points from 20 games. They are a point and four points adrift of second and first placed Mallorca (42 points) and Espanyol (45 points) who both have played a game more than Almeria.
The Rojiblancos will host Sabadell on Sunday this week after their tie with Kenneth Omeruo’s Leganes initially fixed for January 10th, 2021 was postponed indefinitely because of bad weather and they will be relying on their best marksman in the league (nine goals) for goals.