The Nigerian striker expects Serhiy Lavrynenko’s men to recover from their weak start and battle for a spot in Europe
Inhulets Petrove is still battling for a spot in Europe next season despite their stuttering start to the 2021/2 season, says Stephen Gopey.
Inhulets haven’t scored points after two games this season, which has put coach Serhiy Lavrynenko under pressure.
Despite a brave performance against Shakhtar Donetsk, the Ukrainian top division bowed 2-1 in Kiev last week.
They suffered an embarrassing 5-1 home defeat against Zorya Luhansk on Monday evening – Vladyslav Kochergin hit the net three times.
Although they are in the long position in 15th place, the former Wikki Tourist star expects his team to carry on and re-establish themselves as contenders for a place in the Champions League or Europa League.
“We went into the game hoping to get our first win of the season but we didn’t after full-time,” said Gopey Gate.
“Only our coaches can point out where we made mistakes and hopefully they will be corrected the next time we go out.
“It’s too early to write us off because the Ukrainian Premier League is only two weeks old and the two teams we’ve played so far will play in Europe this season.
“Shakhtar Donetsk will play in the Champions League, while Zorya Luhansk will play in the Europa League.
“At this point you will find that you are a bigger and stronger team than ours.
“Plus, 80 percent of the players in my teams are newcomers and once we’ve developed very well, we’ll be a team that no team wants to play against.
“That would help us achieve our dreams of playing in either the Champions League or the Europa League next season.”
Due to his impressive performances in the Nigeria Professional Football League, the youngster was signed by the Ukrainian elite league team with a three-year contract.
At the end of the season he opened what he wants to achieve with the team from Kirovohrad Oblast.
“This is my first season in Europe and if I can score at least 10 goals in all competitions I will hopefully be the happiest man in the world,” he continued.
“The Ukrainian league is a tough league, but if I keep working hard it will be a realistic goal.”
Inhulets would hope to return to winning ways in their next league game against Desna Chernihiv on August 9th.