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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 November, 2004, 12:44 GMT
Delron to the rescue?
Roy Fairbairn
BBC Sport, Germany

Delron Buckley
I've been inspired by the birth of my daughter earlier this year
South African striker Delron Buckley
No African star is making a bigger impact in the German Bundesliga than Arminia Bielefeld's Delron Buckley.

The South African striker is Bundesliga's joint-top scorer this season with ten goals in 13 games, which is the same total he managed during his entire career with his previous club Bochum.

Buckley's revival as a goal-getter is prompting him to set new targets for his international career.

"My main aim is to be at the 2006 World Cup Finals with South Africa," says the 26-year-old striker from Durban.

Buckley says that his new daughter has helped him find the scoring touch.

"I've been inspired by the birth of my daughter earlier this year," explains Buckley.

"And of course Arminia suits my style.

"At Bochum I spent too much time on the subs bench.

"It was very frustrating but all that's behind me now, I only look forward, the future is what counts."

Arminia's coach Uwe Rapolder says: "We expected a lot from Delron and he hasn't let us down.

"There are few left-footed strikers in the league with his sharpness and speed."

Even Bochum's team boss Peter Neururer now seems to regret letting Buckley leave the club.

"I knew Delron had it him to be a great striker, when he concentrates on the job he can be world class."

The Arminia fans will be hoping that Buckley's goals will help establish their club in the Bundesliga after a decade of failure.

The side has won promotion into Germany's top division four times since 1994 but all their previous ventures have ended in relegation mainly because of a lack of goal-scoring power.



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