I’m ready to score - Olomu

2011-11-30 00:00

MARITZBURG United attacking midfielder Prince Olomu said he will score his first goal for the club in tonight’s PSL encounter with Free State Stars at the Harry Gwala stadium.

Olomu joined the Team of Choice from Bloemfontein Celtic at the start of the season in what was considered to be the biggest signing of the year for coach Ian Palmer, but the PSL’s second highest goal scorer in the 2009/10 season has not found the back of the net since making the move to Pietermaritzburg.

“That will change tomorrow [today], I will score,” Olomu told The Witness yesterday.

Olomu likened his current situation to that of English Premier League striker Fernando Torres, who has battled to impress since making the move from Liverpool to Chelsea, but said he is not disheartened by the fact that he has not scored for his new club.

“I am a professional and I understand that these things happen in football,” he explained.

“From tomorrow [today] I am ready to start scoring the goals that can help us climb up the log.”

United need goals from somewhere. Just one in their last four PSL matches has seen the men in blue slip down to 10th on the PSL log after being as high as third during the seven match undefeated streak that ignited the start of their campaign.

Olomu said, “I don’t think there is anything wrong with how we have been playing, you go through these bad parts in football.

“But now it is time to move on from the bad parts and we really need a win here, it’s been a while.”

At the other end of the park, United have fared better. Other than the 7-0 thrashing at the hands of SuperSport United in October, Palmer’s defence has been compact.

“We are very capable defensively,” confirmed Olomu. “It is not just the goalkeeper and the defenders; we defend well as a team and we have done so many times already this season.”

Before his time at Bloemfontein Celtic Olomu played his football for Free State Stars between 2006 and 2009, but the 24-year-old Nigerian said this will not affect his performance today.

“I don’t think of them [Stars] as a rival team,” he said. “I take each game as it comes and I will give more tomorrow because we really need the three points, now is the time for us to get back on another good run.”

Tonight’s match kicks off at 7.30 pm and will not be televised.

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