By Lexi Elo
In a moment of passionate frenzy on Sunday, FC Koln striker Anthony Ujah reached for and grabbed the horns of the club’s mascot as he celebrated his goal against Eintracht Frankfurt. It was the Billy Goats’ first victory in seven matches as they defeated their visitors 4-2.
Despite scoring in two of the previous three matches, Ujah’s side had ended up losing points – a 1-1 draw with Hannover and a 4-1 defeat at Bayern Munich. Perhaps it was that surge of joy at winning again that propelled Ujah to his now famous horn-grabbing celebration after his 82nd minute goal and his club’s fourth put distance between them and Frankfurt.
Following that incident whose video went viral, the 24-year-old apologized to Hennes the goat via Twitter. Yet, it is his on-field ability that has attracted attention more than last weekend’s goat business as he aims to help Cologne stay in the top division following their promotion last summer as winners of the second division.
The Billy Goats currently lie in 11th spot with 28 points after 24 matches. Ujah’s nine goals account for the bulk of the club’s haul of 25. His vision is simple: continue scoring to keep Cologne safe and maybe the Super Eagles would come calling again.
“I’m satisfied with my form at the moment and helping my club to stay in the Bundesliga at the end of the season. And if that’s good enough to be recalled to the national team, it’ll be the decision of the national team handlers,” Ujah told Goal.com.
A recall to the Nigeria squad for this month’s friendly internationals against Bolivia and South Africa would see the Cologne man try to emulate his childhood heroes.
“Kanu Nwankwo was a household name while I was growing up and someone I looked up to due to his goal scoring exploits. But as I started football and wanted to be a striker, I admired [Victor] Agali so much because of his goals, mostly with the head,” he disclosed.
After failing to score in his previous Super Eagles showings, Ujah might finally be able to inspire a following of his own when he notches his first goal in a Nigeria jersey just like his illustrious heroes.