Adebayo looks to double figures
Posted: 6 October 2008 Time: 2:46 pm
Bay United striker Abayomi Adebayo believes he will finally be able to reach double figures on the scoring charts this season as he enters his third stint in the PSL with the newly-promoted Port Elizabeth-based club.
The Nigerian forward has found the net twice so far this season and is gaining inspiration from the hunger that his team is showing.
“By the grace of God I hope that I will continue scoring goals this season and also stay injury free so that I keep on fighting for my place in the team.
“Realistically, if I get to double digits then I will be very happy with my performance.
“As a striker once you get into double figures at the end of the season, you are definitely happy because it proves that you play upfront,” says Adebayo, who scored a deflected effort in the 3-2 loss to Free State Stars on Sunday.
Though the season is still very much in its infancy, Adebayo’s name sits among the top scorers.
Adebayo is aware that he hasn’t reached double figures in his two previous stints in the PSL, at Classic and at Benoni Premier United, but adds that he is gaining inspiration from the nature of the league now.
“The standard of football in the PSL has certainly improved compared to the last time that I played here while I was with Benoni.
“But what is exciting and encouraging is that there are no longer so-called big teams. It is no longer surprising for Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns to lose games to the so-called smaller teams.
“This is one factor that will make the league exciting because there is no guarantee of anyone beating anyone,” he says.
Adebayo first played at Classic during the 2000-01 season after arriving from Poland before moving to then First Division side City Sharks, Dangerous Darkies, Maritzburg United and City Pillars, after which he linked up with Benoni in the PSL two years ago.
Now holding permanent South African residence, Adebayo recently extended his contract for a further two years.