1) “We missed Odafa Okolie,” said the then Churchill Brothers coach Karim Bencherifa with raised hands after the 0-0 draw against Air India at Cooperage.
Odafa Okolie was suspended for the game and Churchill Brothers struggled to score. This was when the theory of Churchill = Odafa was gaining increasing prominence and Karim was pestered with the same question – Did you miss Odafa?
I am no saint. I asked too!
2) “If you draw, then it is a problem and if you ever lose then you can’t sleep,” said Odafa Okolie on his time spent at Mohameddan Sporting.
Before joining Churchill Brothers, Odafa’s first stint was at the Kolkata club and it was a disaster according to the player himself.
3) “As soon as I was born, I played football,” said Odafa with a smile.
This was after he was asked as to when he started playing football. Psst Psst…Let’s ask his parents!
4) “The team is called Air India as they are the best players when the ball is in the air. Is that why they are called Air India?!”
This is again Churchill coach Karim Bencherifa after the draw against Air India at Cooperage where the opposition played the ball in the air.
5) “With Felix and Odafa at Churchill, I am an extra which I don’t want to be,” said the now Dempo striker Mboyo Iyomi.
The Congolese on his chances at Churchill Brothers with Felix Chimaokwu and Odafa Okolie as the main strikeforce.
6) “They just hit the ball…..boob boom,” said Khemthang Paite.
Churchill had demolished Mahindra United 5-1 at Cooperage and Paite’s comments on Mahindra’s football on that day.
7) “Churchill Brothers won’t do a Blackburn,” Gouramangi Singh last year after his team finished runners-up.
Blackburn Rovers won the Premier League title and got relegated a couple of seasons later. Gouramangi believes that Churchill’s success wasn’t like Blackburn.
8) “So far I know I am available for the finals but you never know!”
Gouramangi Singh on whether he would be available for selection in the Durand Cup finals following the red card he received in the last group game.
9) “This coach (Emeka Ezeugo) maybe a World Cupper but he doesn’t understand the Indian system. My players are the best in the country and he has spoiled the team’s chances by employing strange systems,” said club patron Mr.Churchill Alemao after the Durand Cup final loss.
Emeka Ezeugo represented Nigeria in the 1994 World Cup.
10) “He (Odafa) is probably the best player in the country and that's why he thinks he knows everything about the game. You always have to be a student of the game if you want to do well. That is the main problem with him,” said Coach Emeka Ezeugo on his star striker during the Durand Cup.