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Mnoga: An Amazing Feeling

Academy graduate delighted to net first Pompey goal at Cheltenham

8 December 2020

Haji Mnoga celebrates scoring for Pompey at Cheltenham in the Papa John's Trophy
Photo: Nigel Keene

Haji Mnoga has already made his league debut and first appearance in the FA Cup this season.

And there was more to celebrate for the local academy graduate in Pompey’s Papa John’s Trophy victory at Cheltenham.

There were 15 minutes on the clock when the teenage defender cut onto his left foot and drilled the ball into the bottom corner to open his goalscoring account for the club.

The visitors went on to comfortably book their place in the third round, with Jordy Hiwula’s brace wrapping up a 3-0 triumph.

And Mnoga hopes there will be more chances to impress Kenny Jackett in the coming weeks and months.

He said: “I’m buzzing. I had a feeling I was going to score before the game because playing as wing-back gives me the licence to get up the pitch.

“But I didn’t really know what to do when the ball went into the net – hopefully I’ll have a better celebration for my next goal!

"I had a feeling I was going to score before the game because playing as wing-back gives me the licence to get up the pitch."

Haji Mnoga

“This is my hometown club, so it feels amazing and I’m determined to keep pushing on and doing well.

“I’ve been quite pleased with the games I’ve had and it wasn’t something I was really expecting to happen.

“I want to keep building on that, so it’s important to continue working hard and try to get some more league appearances.

“You’ve got to be patient and wait for the opportunities – then make sure you take them when they come along.”

Mnoga was walking a tightrope for much of the game after being booked for a late challenge on Finn Azaz.

He said: “It’s a part of my game that I always put in 110 per cent and if you pick up a yellow card, you’ve got to be careful.

“I don’t really want to take that aggression and determination out because they’re good qualities to have.

“It is something we talk about and perhaps I just need to hone things a bit, but making sure not to lose that edge.”


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