Enyimba forward Ruben Bala is gald to playing active football again, after spending over 14 months on the sideline.
Bala marked his much anticipated return from long spell injury with a goal for the People’s Elephant in their NPFL rescheduled match against FC Ifeanyi Uba on Wednesday.
The former National U-23 striker came off the bench to rallied Enyimba back into the game, before another substitute Imo Obot slid home Stanley Okorom’s cross in the added time.
The goal was Ruben Bala’s first in the Nigerian top flight league in 725 days (1yr 11months) and his last goal came against Akwa United in the Super Six in 2019.
Speaking on his return, Bala said admitted it was difficult to be out for such a long period, but he’s glad to be back.
“It wasn’t easy for me to see myself not playing active football. It was really devastatingi, really worrying for me; so along the line I was thinking of giving up but I said to myself that I can’t give up. I needed to fight, so then I started praying, started working hard.
“I am very, very happy I have recovered fully. I am very, very happy I am back to the squad. I am very, very happy to play my first match of the season.
“Over one year plus I didn’t play active football so I just want to appreciate God for all the things he has done.
“Seeing myself playing in the second half and seeing myself playing well and scoring a goal is something that I am very happy about – something I’m very excited about.” the told the club’s media.
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