Would love to continue at Hyderabad FC: Bartholomew Ogbeche on his future

Bartholomew Ogbeche, the golden boot winner in the recently concluded Hero Indian Super League (ISL) season has expressed his desire to remain at the club for the next campaign but suggested that he is in no rush to decide on his future.

Ogbeche scored 18 goals for Hyderabad FC helping them to their first-ever Hero ISL title and also became the all-time leading goalscorer in the competition’s history.

Ogbeche’s presence upfront made the difference for Hyderabad FC as he took the team from a fifth-place finish in 2020-21 to the Hero ISL title.

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The Hyderabad FC fans would hope that the Nigerian remains with the team for the next campaign. Ogbeche has hinted that he would like to extend his Hyderabad FC stint.

“I would love to continue with Hyderabad FC but it is not in my hands, it is in the hands of the management but I would love to continue, for now, I am enjoying the moment as it has been a glorious achievement for all of us and not the time to talk about the future,” Ogbeche was quoted as saying by IFTWC.com.

Ogbeche joined from Mumbai City FC having won the Hero ISL and the League Winners’ Shield with the Islanders in 2020-21. For him joining Hyderabad FC wasn’t a very difficult decision.

“Hyderabad was one of the very first teams which approached me when I was available in the market, I never had any doubts regarding the club as I was also a very big fan of the team last season when I watched the way they played, it was really difficult to see that they missed out the top four, but I was happy in a way because we wanted to avoid them as well in the playoffs,” Ogbeche said.

“When I had the opportunity to come here, I grabbed it and I appreciate coming here. We have a lot of leaders in the team on the field, we have the front line, the middle line and the back, so it makes everything very easy to raise the confidence of the youngsters around us. Hyderabad’s style of play was similar to my style of play so it was easy to adapt and we were able to show our strength on the field,” he added.

The 37-year-old remains extremely fit as he showed this season and the former PSG striker would like to further cement his legacy in Indian football by shining for another season in the Hero ISL. Hyderabad FC fans would be hoping that is the case.

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