Akwa United hotshot Charles Atshimene has expressed disappointment over his side’s 1-1 draw with hosts Rivers United, but remains optimistic they can clinch their first-ever Nigeria professional Football League (NPFL) title this season.
The former Warri Wolves striker scored his 12th league goal this season, as the Promise Keepers were forced to share the spoils by the Pride of Rivers, who levelled through Bamba Bakari late on.
Despite the draw, Kennedy Boboye’s men remain at the summit of the table, with 61 points from 33 matches, 3 points clear of second-placed Nasarawa United.
“We are very disappointed because we came here (Port Harcourt) for a win, and unfortunately for us, we got a draw in the match,” he said.
“So, we are really happy. We are happy with the point. We’ll go home and work hard for our home matches.
“We’re very confident, we are going to work hard and believe in God that we are going to win the league.
“We are going to fight, fight, fight, and fight till the end of the season.”
With 12 goals so far this season, Atshimene is just two goals shy of leading scorer Silas Nwankwo’s tally of 14 strikes.
In an exclusive interview with www.busybuddiesng.com, the former Bendel Insurance forward disclosed his dream is to usurp the Nasarawa United striker, and finish as the league’s sharpest shooter this season.
“It’s every attacker’s dream to win the highest goalscorer award, so, I will work very, very hard (to win it),” he said.
“I have a target for myself. So, hopefully, by the grace of God, I will achieve my target.”