Top striker and captain of Enyimba International FC, Mfon Udoh has expressed his joy after overcoming a knee ligament injury which ended his season with just five matches to play.
He featured as a late substitute on Friday when his team, Enyimba, took on a Calabar selected XI on Friday evening in a warm up game. That was his first time on the pitch after suffering a knee injury late last season.
The former Akwa Starlets striker who also holds the record for the highest number of goals scored in a single season, admitted to missing the sport he enjoyed and confessed he feared the worst with the severity of the injury.
Speaking to Enyimba FC media, the captain who has missed the first seven matches this season also had some appreciation for his doctors and team-mates alike for their contributions during his time on the treatment table.
“It has been a very difficult period for me, I must confess. Coming from injury, back to training right now. At first, when I had the injury, I thought I was never going to play again, because of the severe nature of the injury.”
“Honestly, sometimes, I would wish I could borrow someone’s legs to go and play,” he laughed.
“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 thirst(ed) 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.” He said.
Enyimba has struggled to score goals this season and the return of their target man who also admitted being focused on helping his team score and win points will be a big boost.
“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.”
“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.
Enyimba sit seventh on the table with 10 points and will face second placed Plateau United on Wednesday in Calabar.