Ogunbiyi happy to be of service

After Etoile du Sahel's historic victory over Pachuca in the quarter-finals of Japan 2007, everyone was talking about Moussa Narry's match-winning goal. The Ghanaian's late strike may have taken a slight deflection on its way into Miguel Calero's net, but it was all the African champions needed to squeeze into the semis after a real battle against the fancied Mexicans.

"I was playing a little deeper that I usually do," the goalscorer explained to FIFA.com, "but when I saw the ball going out to the wing during the build-up, I just knew that it was going to come back to me, so I was in the middle waiting for it..."

And the ball did indeed come back to him, via an instinctive slide-rule pass from team-mate Muri Ola Ogunbiyi.

"It really was a tough match," the Benin-born midfield man said. "Pachuca are technically much better than we are. We knew that it was going to take a moment of individual skill if we were to win, and I'm delighted that I was involved in the move that sealed it."

The rather reticent Ogunbiyi eventually revealed a little more about how this incredible goal came about. "We're the only two at the club who speak English, so Moussa and I are always hanging out. We do everything together, we even share accommodation in Sousse. We're totally inseparable. That's why, when I got the ball, even though I had my back to him and I knew that he was playing a bit deeper than usual, I could tell that he was there, hanging back a little. I'm really pleased that my mate won the match for us."

This truly was a special moment for Ogunbiyi who, despite playing for his country and winning three CAF Champions League titles already, had never taken part in a FIFA Club World Cup.

"It's obviously really special for me to be in Japan, it's something I dreamed of. When I won (the Champions League) with Enyimba in 2003 and 2004, the competition was taking a break, so I'm over the moon to be here now."

The special moments are coming thick and fast - on Wednesday, he and the rest of Bertrand Marchand's squad will be facing Argentinian side Boca Juniors, one of the biggest names in world football.

"Our next opponents are legendary," Ogunbiyi said, "but it'll still be just a football match. Over the 90 minutes, anything can happen. It'll obviously be a really tough game but I'm confident. There's no magic formula - if we stay focused, keep our concentration and do what the coach tells us to do, I know that we'll be able to cause them a surprise or two."

Etoile's fans will be hoping that Ogunbiyi is as good as his word.