Super Eagles left-back Jamilu Collins has reacted after he was named Man-of-the-Match on his competitive debut during Cardiff City’s 1-0 victory over Norwich in the Sky Bet Championship encounter.

The 27-year-old Nigeria international team up with the Bluebird on a free transfer this summer after ending his six association with Bundesliga 2 outfit SC Paderborn,

Collins was named in the starting eleven in a back-four partnership with Cedric Kipre, Perry Ng, and Mahlon Romeo by coach Steve Morison as Cardiff City welcome last season’s Premier League relegated Norwich in the Match Day One.

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The Kaduna-born defender was an instrument for the Bluebird in from over 30,000 supporters where he marshall the defense line for the home side despite Perry Ng being shown a red card in the 73rd minute of the encounter.

Collins was rated the best performer at the Cardiff City Stadium with 7 interceptions, 6 clearances, 3 blocks, 1 aerial duel, and 13 dribbles completed with 51 passes.

The 2019 Afcon Bronze medalist reacts after he was named Man of the Match Award via told the club’s official website.

Collins began “It was a dream debut to have in front of these amazing fans. “It’s nothing small to get a win in front of them, so it’s really beautiful to have won today.

“We stuck to the tactics that we were told to follow, and went with it as the intensity changed. However it came, we dealt with it.”

“I’m enjoying my time here so far. I know that it’s a big club with ambition, and we’re putting in some good work. From the my first day here I’ve felt accepted by the guys, and now we’re working together every day.” he added.

Collins will hope to continue his good start to life in England when Cardiff City battle Reading on Matchday 2 at the  Madejski Stadium next Saturday.



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