Goal Nigeria Player Award Nomination Excites Udoh

Goal NigeriaMfon Udoh is over this world given the inclusion of the his name on short-list for the Goal Nigeria Player of the Year Award for 2014 in recognition of his impressive performances for Enyimba.

He set a new and an all-time goal record of 23 in a season surpassing the previous 21, and scored his 26th goal of the season to help the Nazi Millionaires retain the Federation Cup title and scored 41 goals in two successive league seasons with two different clubs (Akwa united and now Enyimba).

The Nigerian league star would have to slug it out with four foreign-based stars – Vincent Enyeama, Ahmed Musa,, Obafemi Martins and Ikechukwu Uche for the third edition of the award.

The award was won by Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi in 2012 and 2013.

While appreciating the support from his teammates, coaches and fans, the former Akwa United forward admitted he never dreamt of achieving so much as a player in a league season.

“Wow! I’m excited being nominated from the domestic league for the Goal Nigeria Player of the Year award. I’m very happy being listed and contesting among great players for the best Nigerian player in 2014. I’m really happy for the recognition,” Udoh told Goal.

“Well, I must tell you that in my last game of the season in the Federation Cup final against Dolphins, I was dancing all sorts of dances to show how excited I was because the season was so amazing for me.

“Honestly, I never believed I could have a great impact like that last season. It was a great season for me and my career.

“I want to give kudos to my coaches, team-mates and fans around the world for encouraging me by their support and prayers to help me achieve so much this season.'”

The 22-year-old lauded the football site for giving consideration to the domestic league players to make the list of nominees for the coveted award.

“I will say big kudos to Goal for recognizing a local player in our local league and in a local team. At least giving reports of activities of what is happening in our domestic league which shows something good is happening here,” he concluded.

Udoh follows in the foot steps of former Kano Pillars midfielder, Reuben Gabriel and former Sunshine Stars captain and defender, Godfrey Oboabona, players from the Nigerian league that have been nominated for the Goal Nigeria Player of the Year award.

Plateau United’s Kwame gets CHAN Eagles Instant Call Up

Eric Kwame of Plateau United has earned an instant call from Super Eagles Head Coach Stephen Keshi, after putting up an impressive display in the practice match played against the home-based Eagles as part of preparations for the 2014 African Nations Championship.

Though the Jos based team lost 2-0 to the CHAN Eagles, Coach Keshi says he was impressed by the display of his boys as well as the Premier League side, was particularly thrilled with Kwame’s display that made him receive an instant call up.

Five players were also called up as the coaching crew looks forward to the making of a final squad for the Championship in South Africa next month. Sadly, five others lost their place in the team.

Another lucky five got invitation to join the team. They are, Warri Wolves’ Joshua Obaji, Emmanuel Nwankwo of Bukola Babes, Sunshine Stars’ of Akure’s Paul Ikenna, Kano Pillars Shehu Abdulahi and returnee Heartland of Owerri Winger, Obinna Nwachukwu.

Those dropped from the squad are goalkeeper, Isa Danladi, who picked up an injury that will take over ten days to heal, Chibuzor Madu, who is also injured and has not trained with the team in the last three days, Lobi’s Douglas Achiv, Warri Wolves Emenike Achibi, who was invited only last week and Akwa United’s Ezekiel Mba.

Assistant coach Dan “The Bull” Amokachi, who spoke on behalf of the “Big Boss” to the players explained  that they were dropped not because they were not good enough but due to time constraint, assuring them that sooner than later they will again be invited to the national team under the present scheme of things. “We urge you to return to your club sides and continue to give your best and we will keep monitoring your progress for the future”, he concluded.