Liverpool owners wouldn’t give me the funds I needed to strengthen the team so I dumped them and applied for the Arsenal job when the manager Eddie Howe was fired. Luckily I got the job and my football management career is truly bubbling. But If this would translate to me taking the coaching reins at Enyimba someday remains to be seen.
Onto the real world now. News emerged a few days ago that our skipper Mfon Udoh could be a transfer target for Ghanian League Giants, Accra Hearts of Oak. The news made its rounds on the popular Enyimba Whatsapp group before it nearly became some form of joke. Not the news itself but the number of times it was shared on the group as “Breaking News”!
But if we imagine for a second, that this story has some legs, what does it mean and should the club cash in on her skipper/striker and let him move over to the Ghanian Premier League? Can the club afford to lose Mfon now? Is losing him worth the money being mentioned $800,000 – Eight hundred thousand Dollars.
There’s not much we know from this side of the divide – I mean there’s hardly anything Enyimba makes public about transfers but an amount like that would significantly strengthen the club’s coffers. Would it go back into strengthening the team? Beyond a doubt because Enyimba as a club has this tradition of getting whatever player out there that improves the team, regardless of the cost.
But for the player Mfon Udoh, would the Ghana Premier League be a move worth the while? I honestly don’t think so. I haven’t seen their games but I dare say it hardly is on a level higher than ours. How many players have we signed from that League? It’s a growing number. We even rejected two players from there this year as we did last season as well. It’s not a move I would endorse.
I feel Mfon Udoh would fancy a new challenge but North rather than West. There’s also the talk that the Ghanian League isn’t as financially lucrative as ours. Dauda touched it in his interview the other day – Nigerian clubs are bankrolled by the governments and such there is a lot of money to “throw around”. It’s not the same as in Ghana where clubs have to take case of themselves.
The active life of a footballer is short – over before you know it. Yes but that also means one has to make the best decisions at every turn. I think a move to Ghana is a wrong call. Hopefully, this transfer story or rumor will puff off and just go away. But if I find an Mfon Udoh available on my football manager I’ll sign him for my new club Arsenal.