Yobe Desert Stars’ Philip Auta has stressed that ending the season as the highest scorer and ensuring that his club beat the relegation zone are his targets for the remainder of the league season.
Auta fired the two goals that buried FC IfeanyiUbah in their home win last weekend to make it seven goals in the topflight this season and the experienced striker told SportingLife that he is delighted to reach that tally for this first time in his career.
He said he is however worried about the present position of Yobe Desert Stars in the league table and that besides ending the season as the leading marksman in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) he would like the Damaturu side to remain in the elite division beyond this season at least.
“It was just God and the support of my teammates that made it happen this time,” Auta told SportingLife.
“It was a very tough game for us and this was a win we have been looking forward to getting and we were all happy to celebrate the three points at the end of the game. I
have been privileged to get seven goals and I believe I can still score some more goals to end the season as the highest scorer. I will keep on working hard.
“I also want to ensure that Yobe Stars survive the relegation zone and remain in the premier league next season. It won’t be an easy task but I am trying harder to ensure that I achieve both objectives.”
Auta who has played for Enyimba, Heartland, Sunshine Stars, Kano Pillars among others clubs in the topflight and he is just a goal behind the leading scorer in the league, Mfon Udoh of Akwa United who has eight goals.