The Nigerian forward was happy with his team’s pre-season result but still sees plenty of room for perfection
Franklin Sasere said Lugano was still a “work in progress” after demolishing Losone Sportiva 11-0 in Saturday’s preseason friendly.
The Nigerian striker was on track three times as the Swiss Super League team started their preparations for the 2021-22 campaign on a dazzling note.
DR Congo prospect Christopher Lungoyi and Ghanaian-born Portuguese international junior Asumah Abubakar scored two goals, with Reto Ziegler, Mattia Bottani, Kevin Monzialo and Carlo Manicone completing the rout.
In a conversation with Goal, the former Sunshine Stars forward is not flattered with the result, saying Abel Braga’s men will continue to work hard.
“We played a good brand of football, scored a lot of goals, however, we didn’t get carried away,” he said.
“Even in score, our opponents gave us a good fight and we are happy to have kept a clean slate.
“As our manager told us, we shouldn’t be celebrating the huge score until there is still a lot of work to be done and we are a team on the move.
“In the coming weeks we will face other teams and before the start of another season we would have reached this peak where we could brag about having a good season.
“Our aim is to compete for the Swiss top flight, which will allow us to earn a place in the UEFA Champions League.”
After an impressive stint with Nigeria’s Professional Football League team Sunshine Stars, Sasere was given a three-year contract for an undisclosed amount – a deal the player said would increase his chances. to play in the Champions League.
Nonetheless, he was loaned to Maltese Premier League side Hamrun Spartans on a one-season loan in 2020 with the aim of securing regular playing opportunities.
There he scored 14 goals as Mark Buttigieg’s side won the tiara of the Maltese elite division for the first time since the 1990-91 campaign.
With his return to Cornaredo stadium, he hopes to be a key figure in Braga’s squad despite the presence of former Chelsea star Demba Ba.
In the 2020-21 campaign, Lugano finished fourth after accumulating 49 points in 36 games.