Anthony ujah knelt in front of the corner flag, stretched his arms upward in triumph, and was cheered by his fellow fans.
With the 2-0 victory of the 1. FC koln at dynamo dresden the 22-year-old made the decisive difference with his second double pack in a row. The nigerian, who has long struggled with form and goal crises, is emblematic of colonn’s resurgence in the 2. Fubball bundesliga.
The loan striker from FSV mainz 05 scored his tenth and eleventh goals of the season in dresden and knows who he has to thank for it. "The coach has helped me regain my confidence, and the team has made it possible for me to score," the attacker explained.
Ujah had already scored twice in the 3:0 win against paderborn just under two weeks ago. Now the knot seems to have broken again for him. "We are in the happy situation of having brought thony back in the right direction," said stanislawski proudly. He was also happy to loan the exhibition beyond the season to the 1. FC koln bind and announced that the club wants to talk with the mainzern about it.
With his goals against paderborn and in dresden, he has brought the rhinelanders a step closer to their goal of immediate promotion. After 14 league games without a defeat, the team is on course for third place in the relegation playoffs and is sitting in the 1. FC kaiserslautern with only one point gap in neck. "We are happy that we were able to keep the chasers at a distance of five points and attack third place," said stanislawski.
Ujah himself has only one goal in mind. "From now on, only wins pay. We don’t want to look too far into the future, but a win against regensburg is enormously important before the game in kaiserslautern," said the double-goal scorer. On 5. April comes it on the betzenberg to the possibly decisive duel for the third place.
In addition to ujah, goalkeeper timo horn is currently an important factor in the success of the kolners. This has not escaped the attention of national U 21 coach rainer adrion, who nominated him for sunday’s test match in tel aviv. "It is a great honor for me. You can compete with players who are already at international level, and I’m looking forward to that," horn said after the game in dresden.
Praise also from the coach. "We know that he is an outstanding goalkeeping talent. It’s really fun and, above all, it has the calmness. I think his maximum pulse is 60," stanislawski explained and praised himself. "We have shown courage to put such a young man in goal."
After his trip to the country, horn is determined to move up to third place with koln. "The game in kaiserslautern will be a decisive one for us. We’re hard to beat at the moment, so we still have a good chance of finishing in the relegation zone," said the 19-year-old.