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"This club stands for the City and to come from the academy and to be a part of this is unbelievable." - Coventry City's Gael Bigirimana

4 April 2017

The Sky Blues ensure it is a day to remember at Wembley Stadium...

Midfielder Gael Bigirimana celebrated the birth of his first child on Saturday with an opening goal at Wembley 24 hours later, as the club were crowned Checkatrade Trophy champions. 

74,000 supporters witnessed the occasion, with an incredible 43,000 following from Coventry City, as the 23-year old pounced on a loose ball inside the six-yard box to give his side the lead in the eleventh minute. 

Gael said: "This club has had it difficult, and to come from the academy and to be a part of this is unbelievable. I said to the boys yesterday, this club has given us the opportunity to showcase what we can do as players.

"I wasn't trying to segregate the club, but when so many of us have come through the system and been through a lot at this football club, you feel you need to produce that extra 5% on these occasions and any time you step onto the pitch in a Coventry City shirt.

"It's not just in football, it is the community, the work places and the schools. This club stands for the city, it is too easy to give up and the message I would give to the fans is all we can do is work hard, and we'll be doing everything we can to improve our situation."

'Bigi' also praised the work of Mark Robins, as the Sky Blues boss celebrated his third win since his re-appointment, adding a Wembley triumph as a manager, to go alongside his success as a player.       

Gael added: "Mark Robins came in and he could see we needed to be free of the shackles. He didn't come in to save us as players, he came in to save this football club and I believe it can happen, I want to be here for the long term.

"He has brought confidence to the boys, there has been a simple change in formation and it has worked for everyone. It is fantastic for the fans, they have deserved this after a tough few years, and hopefully we as a team can build on this moving forward." 

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