Olayinka Relishes Scoring In Champions League

Slavia Prague of Czech Republic striker, Peter Olayinka has admitted he was totally thrilled to net a goal for his side in his first UEFA Champions League match of the season, and almost help them beat Inter Milan of Italy.

Although their hosts eventually fought back to force a 1-1 draw at The San Siro, Olayinka said he was excited with his personal effort and the former KAA Gent of Belgium hitman added that it is a boost to his morale in Prague.

The dread-locks wearing attacker added that he is now aiming for more, after seeing his efforts crystalise on Tuesday, as the former 36 Lion FC of Lagos youngster says he will build on his 63rd minute effort in Milan, when he stabbed home a rebound from the near post, before the home team fought back to salvage a face-saving draw.

Although he was replaced in the 85th minute, Olayinka believes he did his best while on the pitch, and now aims to create better impacts in their next two group matches against Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund, who settle for a draw in Germany same night in Group F.

With his effort on Tuesday, Olayinka set a new record in the UCL, as the 23-year-old Ibadan-born lad became the first Nigerian to score on his debut in the elite clubs’ competition, since former Super Eagles striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni (The Yak) netted a hat-trick against Olympiakos of Greece for Maccabi Haifa of Israel in September 2002.

Olayinka also equaled a joint-mark held by Victor Nosa Ikpeba, Lucky Idahor and Daniel Amokachi, the latter of who enacted his own feat on November 25, 1992 for Club Brugge of Belgium, in a 1-0 win against CSKA Moscow 1-0.

‘Amo-Taxi (The Bull) also became the first player ever to score in the new format of the UCL, in which Olayinka is the new kid on the block, and hopes to continue his impressive form when Slavia Prague welcome Dortmund to Sinobo Stadium on October 2.

Peter Olayinka Oladeji, born November 18, 1995, started his career with Baba Boss’ Army Boys in Ibadan before moving to 36 Lion FC, then joined Bylis Ballsh of Albania in January 2012, but had to start in the club’s under-19 squad, as he was only 17 years old.

He was promoted to the senior team during the 2012/13 season, and got his professional debut on October 20, 2012 in an Albanian Superliga fixture against Luftëtari Gjirokastër and he went on to attract interest from FC Porto of Portugal, who offered Bylis Ballsh €500,000 for his signature, but the Iberian club’s bid was snubbed.

However, Olayinka left the club in the summer of 2013, after petitioning world soccer governing body, FIFA to release him, but Bylis Ballsh protested that he was still under a binding contract with and then took up the option to renew his terms.

It meant he could not play for another club without their permission, but in order to get round the clause, Olayinka joined Yenicami Ağdelen of Northern Cyprus for the 2013/14 season, as the tiny country’s league is not officially recognised by FIFA.

He scored eight goals in 21 North Cypriot Süper Lig games to help the club win the title for the first time in 20 years, while also netting six times in five Federasyon Kupası (Cup) games as his side were beaten finalists, taking his goal tally to 14 goals in 26 games.

On August 28, 2014 he agreed terms with Albanian champions, Skënderbeu Korçë, but the move was heavily disputed by FK Kukësi, who appealed to Albania Football Association and reported Olayinka to the police as a truce breaker.

However, Olayinka eventually joined Skënderbeu for the 2014/15 season, and played his first game in a goalless away draw at Apolonia Fier on 19 September but, the following year, he went back to Albania before the start of the 2015/16 season and rejoined Skënderbeu Korçë, where he was allowed to play after serving a suspension.

His stay, though, was again short-lived, as Olayinka signed a three-year €1.1m with Gent the following year, only to move on to Czech First League side, Dukla Prague on loan in July 2016, two years after which his present club signed him on July 21, 2018, in a four-year contract worth €3,200,000 as his high-point transfer fee.

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