During the Third Servile War(73-71 BC), the rebel slaves – formerly gladiators – were led by a ruthless slave soldier called Spartacus. He was a born killer; well skilled with the gladius. Many Roman soldiers fell on the edge of his gladius. The name ‘Spartacus’ sent fears into the marrows of anyone who heard it.
Rumour had it that he was possessed by the gods themselves – for he fought like a man possessed by a spirit. I dare to compare this man with Enyimba’s talisman, Mfon Udoh.
Udoh came into limelight two seasons ago when he netted 16 league goals while still playing for a less fancied club, Akwa United(no disrespect, please). He sent a signal to the ardent followers of the league – anyone who hits double digits for a team that struggles with relegation almost every season they find themselves in the top tier is a great asset.
It was only a matter of time before a bigger club came calling, and they did. Enyimba came calling!
Udoh packed his bags and headed for Aba. He came into his Enyimba career like a wrecking ball. It was clear that the Aba club had finally gotten the man that could remind us of the good old days – when Joetex Frimpong and co scored for fun.
Like a man possessed by the gods(perhaps, the god of soccer), Udoh went on the business of goal scoring like a man having fun on a sandy Brazilian beach. Not many goalkeepers could boast of not having to retrieve the ball from their net when playing against him. It was a great first season. A season that saw Jude Aneke’s 20 goals record broken, and ultimately ushered in a new record – Udoh netted 23 league goals to set a new seasonal record. Enyimba fans placed high expectations on him and it was left to be seen if the Nigerian international would live up to the billing.
At the beginning of this season, the fans, like last season, expected him to paint the league with goals. But the distraction of a European move and injuries took it’s toll on him. He lost his jersey number(10) to Kingsley Sokari – he had been registered to play in the league late.
It would seem the gods had finally forsaken their own. He had spent most of this season sitting on the bench or not being listed at all. From being a starter, he became a regular substitute and contributed a paltry 4 goals all season. But his fifth goal of the season turned out to be his – and perhaps, the club’s – most important goal this season.
Just when we thought the gods had forsaken their own, Mfon Udoh scored a solo goal to give Enyimba their most important three points of the season. Like the saying goes: FORM IS TEMPORARILY, CLASS IS PERMANENT!
(This article was first published on http://www.enyimbafc.net)