Enyimba’s Mfon Udoh is the current top scorer in this season’s Caf Champions League.The attacker has netted nine times thus far but sadly, he will play no further part in this season’s competition as Enyimba crashed out of the group stages following defeat in their first three games against Zamalek and Mamelodi Sundowns. Udoh laid down the marker when he scored twice in Enyimba’s second game of the competition, a 2-0 win over Vipers on February 28 at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt as the Peoples Elephant completed a 2-1 aggregate win over the Ugandan club in the preliminary round. He followed it up with another brace on March 13 as Burundian club, Vital’O suffered a 1-5 trouncing in the hands of Enyimba in the first round. Udoh then took his haul to seven in the shock 3-0 dismantling of former African champions, Étoile du Sahel in the second round. The striker netted a hat-trick at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium and the North Africans suffered a lop-sided defeat on April 10. He did not score again for four months, finally delivering a brace in Enyimba’s final game of the competition at home to South African club, Mamelodi Sundowns which the Aba club won 3-1. Udoh sat down with supersport.com to discuss his run in Africa’s premier club competition, what makes him tick, the reason for Enyimba’s failure in the competition and whether he will be leaving the club at the end of the season. Congratulations mfon on a brilliant CaF Champions League campaign. Was it?
yes it was. you scored nine goals and…. (Cuts in) Well, I honestly do not see it that way. I have always been a team man and I am sure fans of the club expected us to go farther than we did. I honestly would have preferred it if the club had won the title. I’d gladly substitute that with the goals I scored. Would you still be following the competition and hoping no one from the remaining four sides, Zamalek, Wydad Casablanca, Zesco United and mamelodi sundowns surpass your goals mark Well since Enyimba has already been knocked out, I’d be lying if I said I won’t be hoping no one scores more than me. The truth however is that I am a very religious person so I will not be losing sleep over this because I believe that what God has decreed will always
come to pass. What will be will be. Wydad’s Reda Hajhouj has scored six so far while Zesco United’s idris Mbombo is on five goals. are you worried I didn’t even know that. (Laughs) But seriously, I am not worried. Like I said earlier, I believe in destiny so we just have to wait and see how things pan out. There is a feeling that you probably could have scored more goals but you were dropped for most games in the group stages. surely, that must have had you riled up (Smiles) No, it did not. are you trying to be politically correct because many say you were more effective than the man who started most of those games in your stead, ifeanyi Onuigbo I am not trying to do anything. I am just saying it the way it is. I don’t think my inclusion or exclusion in this case would have changed anything. I have to always respect the decision of the coach (Paul Aigbogun) and in those games in question, I was not his first choice. Which was your best game in the competition (Pauses and thinks) It will be hard; very hard to pick…. You scored a hat-trick against Étoile du Sahel in the second round…. Yeah, I did but that still does not make it my best game. The thing is, strikers think differently. For me, I always say that ‘a striker is as good as his last goal.’ I usually learn more from the games I do not score in, because it gives me the opportunity to identify areas of weaknesses with the objective of doing better in subsequent matches. Where did Enyimba get it wrong in the CaF Champions League this season We had a bad start by losing at home to Zamalek. That was the beginning of the end for us. We were always chasing it after that. We played well in Egypt against Zamalek and in South Africa against Mamelodi Sundowns but we lost by the odd goal eventually in both matches. If we had won our first game at home to Zamalek, I strongly believe we would have qualified for the semifinals. any lessons to draw from this obvious failure You always learn when you fail to reach set objectives. We have to start fighting from the beginning. We eventually gave this a big fight but that was when it was already too late. If we had played our first three group games the way we played the last (against Sundowns in Port Harcourt), we would have qualified for the semis. Enyimba can still win two titles this season. The nigeria Professional Football League (nPFL) and the Federation Cup. Can it be done It will be extremely difficult, especially in the league where we have lost so much ground. However, if we play our remaining games in both competitions the way we did in the 3-1 win against Sundowns, then anything is possible. your record of 23 goals in a single nPFL season still stands. Godwin Obaje, the Wikki Tourists striker, has scored 16 goals so far, can he break your record I really don’t know what he (Obaje) is thinking but records are meant to be broken so others can take up the challenge. I want the record to be broken so that our strikers in the league can work harder. It is my dream to see someone score 30 goals in a single season in the NPFL. You have not scored too many in the nPFL this season. What was responsible for the lean return I have not had too much playing time in the NPFL this season. Will you be an Enyimba player next season When we get to the bridge, we will cross it.

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