Nigerian striker Adeleke Akinyemi has said he hopes to become “a world goals machine” after he netted four times in a big win for FK Ventspils over Albanian top league side Luftetari in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League first qualifying round tie.
The 19-year-old goal poacher was the star of the show on Thursday night as he scored four of his team’s five haul goals.
Encomiums have started pouring for the talented goal scorer not only in Latvia, but across Europe.
Akinyemi joined Ventspils in March 2017, scored four of the goals, while his compatriot Tosin Aiyegun, 20, added the other as their club took a huge step towards the Europa League second qualifying round.
“I haven’t started scoring goals as far as I am concerned,” insisted Akinyemi.
“I can’t start praising myself, I still have a long way to go, I am learning every day and I want to improve in my game as well.
“My target is to be world goals machine, I don’t want to lose focus, everything is there for me to achieve that and I am ready to lead my way.”
He added: “It was a pleasure scoring four goals, I was amazed, it brings out my potentials and it gives me more challenges which I will be ready to face.
“My focus is to help my team qualify with my goals and I will be happy to play in Europe’s elite competition.”
The prolific Akinyemi, who had scored eight goals in 14 games this season before Thursday night, completed his hat-trick in the 24th minute.