CHIEDOZIE Ogbene is aiming for Wembley glory with his club just days after making his mark at international level against the world’s best side.
nd Georgie Kelly could also enjoy a dream debut for Rotherham United in the spiritual home of English football as the former Bohemians man is finally finding some joy in his fitness struggle and could have a part to play at Wembley.
Cork youngster Ogbene was at a high when he returned to his club midweek after scoring in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Belgium in Dublin, but the focus soon turned to the Papa Johns Trophy final on Saturday Shifted against Sutton United on Sunday.
“It doesn’t matter what final you play in, it’s a sign of hard work and how much you sacrificed to get there to get there because there are some big teams that didn’t make it to the final have,” he told the club’s website.
“We made it, we had answers to every challenge we faced on the way to the final, I’ve never played at Wembley, it’s a place I want to play, a great stadium. It’s our credit to have come this far because I know how much work we’ve put in to get here, in the final and in the league, you don’t get those positions by being mediocre.”
He added that the Irish camp is still fresh in memory.
“It’s been a great time away, we’ve used this international camp to prepare for June, we’ve got the Nations League against tough opponents and it’s a competition we want to do well in. It was great to get the opportunity to represent my country. Everyone dreams of playing on the big stage.
“I really enjoyed the moment and made the most of it, especially playing in front of the home fans and having my family there. Getting that feeling of playing at the Aviva and on the international stage was fantastic,” he told the club’s website, admitting he didn’t see his goal.
“It was a frenzy of blood, in the heat of the game the ball landed on me, I was in the box and I didn’t think there was anyone to tell, so I just did whatever came to my mind away, I didn’t even see the goal, I only heard the stadium roar, I only looked back and saw the boys celebrating. It was a good moment for me but I think it meant more because I was able to do it in front of my family, especially at home.”
“My focus now is on getting us promoted and hopefully having a good day for the fans. I’m looking forward to the finish line now,” he said as the Millers take on Sutton United in the Football League Trophy final.
“It would be good motivation to get some kind of silverware, we’re in a final and we’re going to win it, we want to win every game. We’re playing against a good team but we if we can get a good result it can give is the momentum to finish the league strong,” he added.
Donegal native Kelly has yet to play for the Millers since joining from Bohs in January as he struggled with a calf injury, but he’s in the frame for this weekend.
“Freddie Ladapo and Georgie completed their final days of rehab on Thursday and passed with flying colours. They all have a chance to play on Sunday. Hopefully Georgie can come back well and towards the end of the season we can give him some playing time,” says manager Paul Warne.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/international-soccer/you-dont-get-to-these-positions-by-being-mediocre-chiedozie-ogbene-relishing-wembley-final-opportunity-41511582.html “You don’t get those positions if you’re mediocre” – Chiedozie Ogbene happy about last chance at Wembley