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Koka: I tried to score a goal for my father
Following his wonderful goal on Thursday which helped his side beat French giants Marseille, Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ and S.C. Braga manager spoke to the media.
After contributing to Portugal’s Sporting Braga’s win on Thursday against Marseille with a superb goal, Koka and Paulo Fonseca spoke to the media. The win came one day after the passing of his father, to whom he dedicated his goal.
“It was a special moment for me and for my family. I’m here because of my father. I did not want to give up. I tried to score a goal for him and it was so,” said Koka in his flash interview on Sport TV.
“He was everything to me, helped me forever. I hope you rest in peace. He deserves it.
“We deserved to win. I learned many things from my father. It taught me that I must always be strong. I have to stay next to my family now,” the in-form 22-year old concluded.
In the Municipal Stadium’s press room, Braga’s manager Paul Fonseca commented on Koka’s participation on Thursday.
“As everyone knows his father died yesterday. I was free to not play him, but decided that he should feature.”
“Hassan probably will not be in the next game. It’s his decision, we respect it and support him,” said Fonseca.
Team captain Alan enthused, “It’s a difficult time but he is professional and did what his father wanted him to do, which was to play. I am very proud of him.”
Teammate Ricardo Ferreira added, “It was a very difficult day for him, [he] suffered a major trauma but it just shows the unity of our group. We were always together. Always with him. We have to look at it as an example of strength and this will help us in the future.”
Braga, who will be facing Porto next in the league on Sunday, lead Group F with nine points with Marseille third with only three points.