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"To receive the ovation I did touched my heart, it's one of the best moments of my life!" Coventry City's Gael Bigirimana

23 November 2015

The Sky Blues midfielder talks about coming on in his return, the squad and the trip to Bradford here...

Coventry City midfielder Gael Bigirimana said that the fans' reaction him coming on against Gillingham "touched his heart."

The Sky Blues Academy graduate returned to the club last week after a three-year absence and came off the bench in Saturday's 4-1 victory over the Gills.


The Newcastle loanee was full of praise for the team's performance at the weekend and was proud to have pulled on the Sky Blue shirt once again.

"It was a bit strange really but in a good way," the 22-year old explained.

"It was the stadium where I made my professional debut and being back was exciting. I have a lot of good memories and to put that famous Sky Blue shirt back on was a great feeling.

"To receive the ovation I did touched my heart. I know the cheers were for Jacob as well, he deserved it of course. But I felt the fans were glad to see me back and it was an unbelievable moment, one of the best of my career and my life.

"It was one of the best first halves I've ever seen in the my career, everyone was excellent. It was a joy to come on but it's not about me, the team were unbelievable.

"We need to keep that form going and God willing, if we keep playing that way we'll be back where we belong."

Bigirimana is delighted to be back at the club and is fully aware that he may have to settle for a place on the bench with the impressive form of Romain Vincelot and John Fleck.

The midfielder is also wary of the threat Bradford pose and believes tomorrow night's game in Yorkshire will be a tough one for City.

He continued: "For my career right now I need to be involved in the first-team and playing games. I need more experience, I don't have as much as I probably should have. I appreciate that, the manager may require me off the bench or to start, I'll work hard either way.

"You've got to respect every team, in English football it's fascinating - the last team in the table can still turn you over. Bradford are on an excellent run, but we have to take each game as it comes.

"We're top and we have to keep being ourselves. It's going to be difficult but the boys have shown what they can do in the 18 games so far, Bradford will be a tough game but we need to stick with what the manager tells us. 

"It's a long season, every player knows their roles and we've got to keep the points coming."

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