Good morning All,
Our Enyimba player of the Season series continue this morning and having already seen the fourth and fifth positions, today we must reveal the young man who your votes landed in the third position.
It’s also a very special edition this morning as my ‘Oga’, High Chief Nnanna Kalu did us the honour of telling the story of our second runner ups’ season. In third position with 17% of your total votes, ladies and gentlemen, here’s striker Mfon Udoh. Mr Nnanna takes over below.
Strikers thrive on goals for confidence, and are judged almost solely on their goal output. So when pundits analyse the quality of a striker, statistics detailing Goals-to-Games ratio and even Minutes-to-Goal ratio are reeled out to buttress one’s view in favour or against the prowess of the striker.
Mfon Udoh is no exception,hence his numbers would form the basis of his overall output this term. His season had its fair share of peaks and troughs.
PEAKS: His glut of goals, nine in seven starts in the CAF champions league-CAFCL powered Enyimba FC to the lucrative group stage of Africa’s premier club competition and deservedly earned him the Top Scorer Award. Having conquered the domestic scene in the preceding years,and with a record 23 goals in the Nigerian Professional Football League, NPFL in 2014 unlikely to be eclipsed anytime soon.
Mfon left no one in doubt where his ambitions and targets tilted to at the start of the season- a good run in the CAFCL with goals to boot. He opened his account with a brace against Vipers of Uganda in the 1st round, a double against Vital’O of Burundi in the 2nd round, a superb hat-trick against Etoile Du Sahel of Tunisia in the 3rd round/ play-off, and another brace against Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in the last group match in Port Harcourt. His nine goals in nine appearances left the chasing pack with a mountain to climb to catch him.
TROUGHS: His two goals in 18 starts (28 appearances) in the NPFL this season cast a huge shadow on Mfon’s prolific prowess. To even state further that the paltry two goals both came from the penalty spots against Akwa United and Ikorodu United, leaves one wondering the contrast in output on the two fronts- the bountiful harvests in the CAFCL and the near drought in the NPFL.
Just like a rock band trying to record that difficult third album. Mfon’s third season came with peculiar challenges in a bid to match the successes of the preceding years. With a new manager, a new philosophy,new work ethic and tactical set-up. Enyimba’s number 10 was shunted to the wing with clear tactical instructions to drive attack from wide areas, and put to good use his blistering pace, that left many a full back for dead.
Udoh is more than a wide man,and did show a knack for cutting in to unleash his lethal weapon- shooting from range and playing in team mates for a chance at goal. Wide players also bear the burden of tracking back to help the full backs when the opposition team have possession of the ball. Some could argue that the distance covered by the former Akwa united striker in the course of turning defence into attack did rob him of the needed freshness to apply a clinical finish when presented with a goal scoring opportunity.
Perhaps Mfon would have scored more if his strengths were accommodated in the team’s tactical set-up. 11 goals in as many games in all competitions did not tell the whole story, but the Top Scorer Award in the CAF champions league confirmed his status as a great scorer of goals.
Congratulations Mfon Udoh!
Thank you Nnanna. Back tomorrow with the Runner up