- Published on Friday, 01 September 2017 10:50
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By George Akpayen
Enyimba midfielder Ikechukwu Ibenegbu has told npfl.ng that his brief visit to the Ultra Modern Motherless Babies Dormitory in Calabar, Cross River State has opened his eyes to life outside of football and has spurred him on to give his best in his team's remaining matches in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Ibenegbu's goal from a well-taken free kick on Matchday 30 was voted the best ahead of goals by Nasarawa United's Adamu Hassan and Martin Usule of Katsina United in this season's Wonder Goal series instituted by the League Management Company (LMC) and supported by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS).
The former El-Kanemi Warriors man revealed that his visit to the motherless babies home in the city of Calabar brought a reminder of how the gap between the haves and have-nots has widened.
"My visit to the motherless babies home after winning the Wonder Goal award was quite revealing," Ibenegbu began during an interview with npfl.ng. "I must be honest, the children there need our help in every way because they have to be fed, given clothing and at the same time get education. That way we will have lesser number of crime in our streets if these children are catered for, like some of us do for our own kids.
"After that visit I am really hoping by God's grace that I can go on and score more Wonder Goals and continually extend a helping hand to the motherless kids. I know it is not going to be easy producing such goals every week, or in every match, in the league but I pray I can do this."
Ibenegbu also believes that his visit to the children's dormitory comes at the appropriate time as the Peoples Elephant are making a last-minute push to finish in the top-three and clinch a place in either the CAF Champions League or the Confederation Cup next season.
The Nigeria beach soccer national team player is now inflamed to aim for top-notch performance with his club in the final run-in for a top-three finish.
"Last season we finished outside of the top-three (in 10th position). It was not such a good season for us. This time it has been decent than the previous one but we need to do well and finish in the top-three so that we can at least give our fans something to look forward to next season.
"And winning the Wonder Goal came at a time we are looking to finish as high as we can this season. The award has motivated me to score more wonder goals for charity purpose and at the same time help my club to finish in the top-three," said the midfielder who is nicknamed Mosquito.
Ibenegbu and his teammates have a delicate game to play in the league at outgoing champions Rangers International this Sunday that could determine their chances of finishing in top-three positions.
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