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Kano Pillars’ Udoji set for ‘emotional’ game against Enyimba

17:50 GMT+3 05/03/2017
Chinedu Udoji - Enyimba
The Sai Masu Gida defender has set his sights on victory as he gets set for an emotional reception from his former team at the Sani Abacha Stadium

Kano Pillars’ Chinedu Udoji has expressed excitement at the prospect of facing his former side, Enyimba, but insists a home victory is non-negotiable in Kano on Sunday.

The Sai Masu Gida defender will be facing Gbenga Ogunbote’s men for the first time at the Sani Abacha Stadium since ending his six-year journey with the People’s Elephants in 2016.

He believes Sunday’s clash will offer him a chance to prove his critics wrong following questions trailing his surprise transfer switch to Kano from the Aba-based side.

“I'm looking forward to the game because it is going to be an emotional game for me,” Udoji told Goal.

“I joined Enyimba in 2010 and left in 2016 and this is going to be one of those games. I'm playing for Kano Pillars now and all I want on Sunday is just to win.

“I know it will be a difficult encounter but I know them very well and they know me very well too. I'm not scared of anybody.

“I normally play my game no matter the opposition with the mindset always to win. I know it will be an emotional game but I think Enyimba is my past and Kano Pillars is my present.

“I've forgotten about my days in Enyimba and I’m presently thinking of what I could achieve with Kano Pillars.

“I think with what I’m seeing here, the promising young players and the great ambition of the team and fans. I believe they go places and achieve many successes in the next two - three years.

“Many have asked me how I do feel about playing against the former team that I captained for years. To me, it is just another game and our major focus is the three points.

“We have started picking up ourselves and if we want to be a contender of the league, we have to beat the major contenders for the league title.

“Our main target on Sunday is about getting the three points and maintaining our league form.”

Kano Pillars are tied with opponents, Enyimba on 14 points, but the hosts sit a place above their visitors in ninth position holding a three-goal advantage.