‘THIS IS FOR YOU MAMA’ – UCHE AGBA

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PETALING JAYA, April 10 – Nigerian hitman Uche Agba plundered four goals as Sarawak United powered to a 7-1 win over FAM-MSN Project in a Premier League match and dedicated the goals to his late mother who passed away last week.
It was a heartwarming performance by the 34-year-old who was not on the list due to his mother’s sudden demise for the midweek match against Selangor 2 at Selayang, which was postponed due to a thunderstorm.
On Saturday night Agba put his grief aside and delivered in the massive win which took Sarawak United to the top of the league standings with 16 points after six matches. Sarawak United also has a game in hand over second-placed Negeri Sembilan, who suffered a shock 3-2 defeat at the hands of Kelantan United at home on Friday.
”I dedicate the four goals by me and Sarawak United’s big win to my late Mama. She has been my inspiration in my football career. I miss her very much but I am sure she is happy for me,” said Ugba after the win.
The four goals took Agba’s tally to eight so this season. Head coach E. Elavarasan, however, is not getting carried away by the hot pace set by the Golden Hornbills. Instead, he is aware that Sarawak United is now the “target” of their rivals.
While celebrating the win, which kept Sarawak United unbeaten after six matches, there was a tinge of disappointment for the East Malaysian outfit when it conceded its first goal this season.
Goalkeeper Sharbinee Allawee, who had kept a clean sheet in the first five matches, was beaten by a penalty scored by Azhad Harraz Azman in the 57th minute.
Agba’s four goals came in the 15h, 17th, 30th, and 61st minutes. The other goalscorers for Sarawak United were S. Chanturu (45th), Abdul Rahim Razak (82nd), and Tommy Mawat (88th).
The Golden Hornbills’ next face Police, Elavarasan, however, is concerned with injuries picked up by his South Korean midfielder Lee Chang-hoon and Brazilian Sandro Mendonca.
”We will see the extent of their injuries when we return to Kuala Lumpur. Overall, I am pleased with the performance of the team. The league will only get tougher, and we have to be well prepared for the tight schedule during the fasting month,” said Elavarasan.
”I have nothing but praise for Uche. He is still grieving his mother’s death, but as a true professional, he was ready to play for the team and delivered on the field. I am happy for him.”

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