Gbadebo goes emotional over former club Nasarawa United’s defeat

By Fisayo Dairo

Most times in football; victories over your former team tend to give a requital feeling, a moment one looks to the former employers with a devilish grin while passing a coded message that: That’s good for you.

However, not all relationships end in sour notes and for those that end with a little bit of warm hug and kisses shared, both parties always wish each other well in the future. Such is the case of Nasarawa United and Samson Gbadebo. The reliable centre back left the club for Enyimba in 2016 but joined Rivers United at his beloved Port Harcourt before the start of this season.

Gbadebo starred for Rivers United as they inflicted a second defeat in 72 hours on the Solid Miners in Port Harcourt on Sunday. Sochima Elum’s early strike proving decisive in the contest. The Rivers State University graduate feels sorry for his former club.

“I really feel bad for them (Nasarawa United) because they are my former team so I’m not happy that they’re not doing well,” Gbadebo told

“Though I’m not there again, I still love them and do not pray for them to do badly. I know with time they will bounce back because they are a very good team.

“They know how to possess the ball and they have the winning mentality. I believe they are going to do well in the second round,” said Gbadebo

While Kabiru Dogo’s men suffered two straight losses on the road, their victors on Sunday, Rivers enjoyed back-to-back victories on home soil within same period. With the top two teams not in action on Sunday, Stanley Eguma’s United took full advantage and climbed to second spot on the league table.

“It makes me feel happy, knowing that the hard work and everything that we put in for the past two weeks didn’t just go in vain,” added Gbadebo.

“I’m happy that we got the six points that we needed because it’s not easy when you have two home games and you win the two so I feel happy.”

Since making his league debut for Nembe City in 2014, Gbadebo has always been a pivotal part of any team he represented: perhaps with the exception of Enyimba last season where his performance was limited by injuries.

In a United side that boasts of experienced league defenders including Festus Austine, Gabriel Olalekan, Ayobami Asekunowo and others, Gbadebo has seamlessly slotted into the team, already forging a good partnership with captain Austine.

“The competition has been really challenging for me because you know how it is, you just came into a new team and now you’re playing. It makes me to work harder because I know those that are in the team are good players so it makes me work harder,” submitted the Osun State born defender.