Kano Pillars Attacker, Chijioke Alakwe has revealed that the late Chinedu Udoji was the toughest defender he ever faced in his footballing career.
Speaking to The Athletic NG, the former FC Ifeanyi Ubah captain revealed that every meeting between himself and Udoji was likened to a fight.
“May his soul rest in peace (Chinedu Udoji), we always used to fight in every match we met, starting from when I was at Ifeanyi Ubah, playing against him home and away, it was always a fight, but I respect him so much, may his soul rest in peace.”
Udoji lost his life in a car crash in February 2018 after visiting his former teammates at Enyimba.
He captained Enyimba to the Nigeria Professional Football League title in 2015 and the Federation Cup in 2014, before joining Kano Pillars in 2016, where he played till his death.
Alakwe also had his say about the continued neglect of NPFL players in the Super Eagles squad, submitting that NPFL players can perform better than the preferred foreign-based professionals if given a chance.
“People that are in Europe today once played in the NPFL, every (NPFL) player has something to offer the national team, we still can do better than some that are there already.”
The 2016 Aiteo cup winning captain noted that developed countries use players in the domestic league in their national teams like the Three Lions of England and the Premier League.
“If you check England, they use mostly their home-based players to play national team games, so why can’t we do the same?”
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