Yusuf Otubanjo is crestfallen, but the Ararat-Armenia striker has decided to move on from Wednesday’s Armenia Cup 2-1 defeat to Noravank Sport Club and focus on Premier League.
The 29-year-old rose from the bench to score his team’s only goal on 77 minutes after the home team went 2-0 up at Charentsavan City Stadium in Charentsavan.
Otubanjo and his team-mates were left shell-shocked as their dreams of winning the tournament went up in smoke on the trip.
The former Crown FC striker who recently received his award as Ararat-Armenia’s best player for the month of October, expressed his disappointment in a post on his Instagram page shortly after the match, stressing the need to take the defeat in good faith and focus on the Armenian Premier League.
“This is where we end the race of the Armenia cup game. We can talk about the officiating from now till forever, it won’t change the fact we are out because of our own mistake. we will learn from this mistake and put all the focus and energy into the league game. Apologise to the fans and to our dream to see the cup in the long run. We keep doing our best and focus on the league game. Bless,” stated the former Nigeria U17 striker.
Otubanjo has been in an imperial scoring form for Ararat-Armenia, with eight league goals, making him the third leading scorer in the Premier League and his club’s second leading scorer behind Mailson, who also leads the Premier League scorers’ chart with 12 goals.
Ararat-Armenia look poised to win their second league tittle in three seasons, as they currently top the table with 37 points, seven points adrift of Pyunik in second place while Ararat are third with 27 points after 14 rounds of matches.
Having exited the Cup race, they will now deplore their strength in the league, and will host Ararat on 28 November, travel to Urartu on 3 December and entertain Sevan six days later.
Otubanjo won the Fortuna Liga with MŠK Žilina in the 2016–17 season and the Armenian Premier League title with Ararat-Armenia in the 2019–20 season, his maiden campaign with the club following his arrival from LASK Linz. on 23 January 2020.
He started his professional career in 2009 at defunct local club, Julius Berger before going on to also lace boots for Gateway United F.C, Crown F.C.,
Atlético Madrid C, Red Bull Salzburg, FC Pasching, Blau-Weiß Linz, Žilina, Altach and LASK Linz.
Otubanjo was a member of the Nigeria U17 team in.2004, belting two games.