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HNK winning start delights Muhammed

Nigerian defender Musa Muhammed said he was pleased with HNK Gorica’s winning start of the season following his side’s 5-1 away win against NK Varazdin as the 2020/21 Croatian First Football League gets underway over the weekend.

HNK missed out of the honours last season when they finished sixth on the table but the 2013 FIFA U-17 World cup winning captain with the Golden Eaglets said they are ready to take up the gauntlet this time around.

“ It was an important victory for us because this is our first match of the season,” the 23-year-old told Sporting Life.“ We have to look forward to the next matches and to keep winning our matches.”

In continuation of the series, HNK will yet again be away to Slaven Belupo come Saturday and Muhammed who also captained the Flying Eagles to win the U-20 AFCON in 2015 is hopefully of another positive result.

“Everybody was happy that we won our first game and I’m also very happy because I played throughout the match; no we have to keep our focus ahead of the next game.”

The former İstanbul Basaksehir defender said he and teammates have to brace up for the challenges ahead since matches are to be played behind closed doors sans spectators as part of COVId-19 protocols.

“ Of course, it is always amazing but now we (players) have to give ourselves extra motivation as a team,” added Muhammed.

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