Olympic Eagles forward Oghenekaro Etebo has revealed his admiration for Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.
Etebo equalled Germany’s Bernd Nickel’s 44-year-old Olympic record when he scored four goals in Nigeria’s thrilling 5-4 win over Japan in a Rio 206 men’s football event clash in Manaus.
Fareinse of Portugal star Etebo said he has always adored the England captain and all-time top scorer since Rooney’s days at Everton.
“There’s one player that I really cherish most,” Etebo said in interview with FIFA.com . “He’s playing for Manchester United and his name is Wayne Rooney. I really liked him a lot from day one.”
The 20-year-old, who was top scorer as Nigeria won the African U-23 Cup of Nations, confesses he was surprised to score four goals against Japan as he looks ahead to further progress for his side.
“Thank God it has happened, but what I’m most excited about was the victory,” Etebo added to FIFA.com. “I’m very happy because it was a great joy, although it wasn’t easy due to the stress and all that.
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“If had scored but we lost, it’s not going to be too fantastic. I’m happy we’re topping the group, and I’m really happy about the goals. I didn’t expect it at all. I’m not going for personal glory but team glory, which to me means [winning] gold. Without the gold, it’s going to be painful because achieving that is important for me, for Nigerians and for my team-mates.
“I’m not that perfect but I believe, like my coach says, once you get a chance, it’s better you convert it because you don’t know when you’re going to get another one,” he said. “I’m not a kind of special striker or fantastic goalscorer, but it’s better to be at the right place at the right time to score good goals.
“Now in Brazil, I scored four goals in the first game. When I scored those goals, I didn’t think about anything. It’s a game of football! Luck was on my side.
“I just want to dedicate the goals to my family, friends and well wishers.
“I really appreciate them a lot. The way we are going, I believe we are going to get it right. As long as we’re disciplined, we’re going to take advice from the coach, to listen to his instructions that he has given for every game.
“I believe we’re going to do it. I believe we’re going to get it right.”