SC Paderborn of Germany defender, Jamilu Collins is taking sheer delight in his wonder goal of the past weekend, as he believes it is a boost for his chances of doing well in his maiden season in the German Bundesliga, especially as it was his first hit on target in 24 months.
Megasportsarena.com reports that, although his goal was not enough to save Paderborn from losing 3-2 at home against table topping Bayern Munich, and his side still lie last on the log, Collins said he was excited to get his first ever goal in the German top-flight league.
Collins ended his scoring drought in style, with a stunning sizzler that went past Bayern’s veteran shot-stopper, Manuel Neuer at Benteler-Arena, as the 25-year-old Super Eagles’ left-back rifled home from 35 yards after Marlon Ritter’s corner kick was not dealt with by Munich’s defenders.
However, even as Collins’ effort left the Germany captain stranded, Bayern earlier grabbed two goals in 55 minutes, as Serge Gnabry hit a 15th-minute opener before Philippe Coutinho tapped home from close range after half-time.
Paderborn reduced the tally in the 68th minute through Kai Pröger, but the home side’s players and fans’ relief did not last long before Robert Lewandowski netted The Bavarians’ third goal, his 10th of the season, before Collins scored in the 84th minute to cut the result close at 3-2.
Prior to netting his first goal for Paderborn, the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations bronze medalist had played 65 games for the club without hitting the net.
Speaking of his feelings afterwards, Collins, who played his sixth consecutive Bundesliga game in 90 minutes of action, said he is now looking up to better pickings for his side from their next game against SV Mainz 05 in their next tie on Saturday, October 5.
The 25-year-old Collins, who has gone the distance in all the matches contested by Paderborn in the Bundesliga in the new season, admitted it was a tough game and revealed that he attempted to score in the first half but was unsuccessful.
Collins told dw.com: ”That was certainly the hardest game of my career. I tried it in the first half, but the ball missed, but I really wanted to score a goal. We’ll see, there’s something coming.”