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Enyimba’s Udoh thought of quitting football amidst injury crisis

21:54 IST 21/06/2018
Mfon Udoh
The People’s Elephant’s striker who returned to playing after five months of inactivity has revealed what he thought of while out injured

Enyimba skipper, Mfon Udoh has hinted that so many thoughts came through his mind including quitting the sport he loves so much after his lengthy spell on the sidelines with injury.

The People’s Elephant’s talisman has been out of football for five months and after engaging in a test game on Friday to gradually mark his return to the game the player stated in a statement from the club that his periods out of football have been very challenging for him.

"It has been a very difficult period for me, I must confess with my coming from injury and back to training again after a long period of time. At first, when I had the injury, I thought I was never going to play again, because of the severe nature of the injury," Udoh said in a statement released by the club," he said.

"Honestly, sometimes, I would wish I could borrow someone's legs to go and play. 

"You can't just stay away. You have a hunger for the game, as a professional, and sometimes staying outside and watching my colleagues play, I thirsted for the game. It made me want to come back as quick as I could.

"I have to applaud our medical crew, they have been awesome. From the beginning of the injury, they were there for me, they made sure I underwent all the necessary treatment. I'm so grateful to the players too, who have been supportive."

The People's Elephant pulled through to secure a third-place finish, and have begun the new season in somewhat mixed fashion. For Udoh, the worst part of his injury has been dealing with his inability to do what he loves best and he hailed his teammates for ensuring that the club still remains in the reckoning.

"The inability to score goals in the team right now, I think it's because we're just starting. We have a bulk of new players getting to know each other. I think as time goes on, we'll blend. 

"But as for me I'm going to try my best. I'm going to join in, join forces with my players, and make sure we try as much as possible not to put the fans under pressure."

Mfon got a brief run-out as a substitute in a friendly against a Calabar selection on Friday, and understandably was rusty. However, there is no doubting his desire to return to his best, and offer a boost to the team.

"I'm so glad right now that I've gotten back to my feet, I've started training, and I believe I'm going to come up strong. The most important thing is just to help my team," he concluded.