AshantiGold’s hat-trick hero, Shafiu Mumuni, has credited his Brazilian coach for inspiring performance in last Saturday’s match which saw the Soccer Miners dispatching Akonangui FC 3-0 to qualify for the next stage of the CAF Confederation Cup competition.
Mumuni led Ashgold’s assault against the Equatorial Guinea side at the Len Clay stadium last Saturday with a valuable away goal cushion, having held their opponents to a 1-1 draw in the first leg match a fortnight ago.
Last Saturday, the Ashgold captain led by example, providing the goals that earned the qualification on a 4-1 aggregate for a date with Moroccan side, RS Berkane, who are current runners-up of the competition.
Shafiu opened his account through a penalty kick as early as the second minute, before adding another goal in the sixth minute, completing his hat-trick before the break.
The Ashgold captain told the Graphic Sports in an interview after the game that he was motivated by the confidence given him by their coach, Ricardo da Roacha, who spoke to him during the week and expressed confidence in his abilities, challenging him to make his class count on the field.
“I can only thank my coach, Ricardo, for expressing his confidence in me. While we were training within the week, he encouraged and expressed confidence in my abilities,so it’s not surprising I played better, ” Mumuni noted.
Coach Ricardo da Rocha inspired Shafiu Mumuni for his splendid performance against Akonangui FC
He revealed also that the players had a positive mindset going into the game. “Although we expected a tough match, we entered the game with the mindset of scoring early, so from the start; we started attacking. We knew our opponents were good at counter-attacks, so we played to prevent them from playing their style and that helped us a lot.”
The 24-year-old forward stated that he had an ambition of scoring more goals for the Miners and would play his part to ensure they went far in Africa’s second tier inter-club competition.
“I have an ambition of scoring more but Ashgold must continue to progress to give me the opportunity to play more games in the competition. So we will take it step by step,” he assured.