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Yengi: I've Learnt A Lot

Striker pleased with his first season in England

29 February 2024

Kusini Yengi
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Fixture News

Yengi: I've Learnt A Lot

Striker pleased with his first season in England

29 February 2024

Kusini Yengi has impressed in his first season in English football after arriving from Western Sydney Wanderers over the summer.

But with Colby Bishop continuing to bang in the goals for Pompey, the striker has seen most of his league appearances come from the bench.

The Australia international has still managed to find the net eight times in all competitions, most recently scoring against Cambridge earlier this month.

And ahead of Saturday’s clash with Oxford at Fratton Park, Yengi wants to play his part in helping the Blues secure promotion.

He said: “There have been ups and downs, with the small injury and games where I haven’t been involved much.

“But I think that, overall, it’s been a positive season for me. I’ve learnt a lot and been able to improve as a player.

“Colby is a great striker and his record speaks for itself – he’s already got 16 goals this season. That competition is healthy for both of us.

"We’re all in this game to try to win titles and it would be amazing to help Pompey get back into the Championship."

Kusini Yengi

“I’ve certainly enjoyed being able to work with him and we have a good friendship – both on and off the pitch.

“Number nine is a tough position, but I believe that I’ve contributed to putting the team where we currently are in the table.

“We’re in a great position now and have picked up points from difficult games, while also winning some pretty comfortably.

“That means that we are well placed to get promoted as we head into the final 11 games of the season.

“We’re all in this game to try to win titles and it would be amazing to help Pompey get back into the Championship.”

Yengi spent the first part of 2024 with the Australia squad, as they progressed to the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup.

The 25-year-old said: “It was awesome. It’s the first major international tournament for me and it allowed me to establish myself more.

“I thought I proved myself to the coaching staff and my team-mates that I can play a big role for the Socceroos in the future.”


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