Al Nahda defender Ifeanyi Anaemena says he ‘feels so great’ after scoring his first goal for the Saudi Arabia second-tier side in their 1-1 draw at home against Al Akhdoud on Tuesday, and remains optimistic of adding to his tally in the course of the season.
The former Enyimba and Rivers United centre-back headed in the equalizer for Al Nahda from a well-taken corner in the 73rd minute to rescue a point for his side.
Anaemena, who dedicated his goal to his mother, also thanked God for the opportunity to open his account at the Saudi side.
“I feel so great scoring my first goal here for Al Nahda in Saudi Arabia,” the Super Eagles defender told www.busybuddiesng.com. “It was so massive scoring my first goal, and I appreciate God. I thank God for that.
“And the goal came when it was needed mostly. We were losing 1-0 and in the 73rd minute, I got an equalizer for my team.
“So, I really appreciate God. I thank God for the goal.
“I dedicate the goal to my mum.”
Going forward, the attack-minded defender is confident of scoring more goals for Al Nahda, something he did on many occasions while he was playing in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
“Scoring goals as a centre-back has been one of the attributes and quality that I have got,” the 29-year-old noted. “Even when I was in the NPFL.
“So, scoring a goal here is not a surprise to me and I believe I’m going to score more goals by God’s grace because we still have a lot of matches to play. Despite the fact that the league is highly intensive, and we have a lot of challenges while playing, but I know, by God’s grace, I have a lot of goals to score this season.”
With 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses, Anaemena’s Al Nahda currently occupy the 13th spot, with 8 points in the Saudi First Division after six Match Days.