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Chelsea’s Bullish Style Of Football Excites Me, Says Uduok

Posted: Jul 4, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Uzor Odigbo Lagos

Most players in Nigeria’s domestic league usually keep mute on their preferred European teams.



Save for the 2014 second top scorer, Emem Udouk, (21 goals) now with Esperance FC of Tunisia who said that making his choice attracts no consequence.

Uduok revealed that Chelsea football club has been his choice club either as a player or a fan.

“I like Chelsea’s Bullish style of football. My ambition is to play for the club one day because their style suits my style of football. If there is any club in Europe I will love to sign, it is Chelsea. The club knows how to manage and boost players’ career. They are not too much into fanciful football, they play direct football and the results are there for all to see.”

The former Dolphin fc of Port Harcourt striker and U-20 national team player, who was once invited to the Super Eagles, added that he would not mind signing for Chelsea even at the shortest notice, but insisted that everything in life has time and season and when the time comes, nothing will stop it. He vowed that Dolphin Fc remains his cherished team in the local league and would want more support from government to encourage the players.

Udouk insisted that with proper management, the caliber of talents in Nigeria will never disappoint playing in any league in the world.

“We have football talents in Nigeria that can fit into the leagues in Europe.

The major problem talents at home face has been poor management. It doesn’t take much for clubs like Chelsea, Arsenal, Man-united scouts to stroll in to identify good talents, but the problem remains that of players’ inconsistency because players are not getting what it takes to be regular scorers in the league. Players can’t afford to go on holidays on their own because they don’t earn much. They can’t go for adequate medical checks based on the same reason, so tell me, how could such players sustain their playing and scoring form?

“Every player has their own chance, it is left for the coach to decide and I won’t mind being there regularly. I have tried my best and I’m on my best form right now. I will always do my best always”

“I’m thinking of moving to Europe sometime in the future said, with my present form, it will be possible. You will get to know about it very soon,” he said.

Uduok has already set a new record of the player to score the highest number of goals in a single game in Nigeria league history with his six goals last season.

On the domestic league, Udouk noted that the activity of the referees in the centre circle is becoming a kill joy for players.

He advised that Nigeria referees must as a matter of fact embark on courses that would assist them officiate better.

“As players, we observe how referees go about their jobs in the European Leagues. Mistakes are minimal and where they are too glaring, the league body gives the appropriate punishment as corrective measures, but in Nigeria, it is not so and this has continued to bring the game down in the minds of players. Some of them are really doing their best, but for a better league, they should be encouraged to go on courses to sharpen them up to make the right decisions.”

On how he wants Chelsea to finish in 2015-16 season, Uduok stressed that if the players keep playing the way they played last season with less injury problems, they would retain the trophy.

I‘m convinced about this because Chelsea players are in good playing form and they have good bench, if they continue like this without injury worries, I believe they would retain the league cup.

He also noted that other clubs like Arsenal, Manchester City and Everton have good chance of making it if they correct some technical lapses in their fold.

Uduok gave the Nigerian league high marks when he said, “The European league is feeding fat on the talents in Africa, insisting that without the Africa talents in their leagues, the rating would have been very low, adding that if the league in Africa is managed the way Europeans leagues is been managed, attention would definitely shift from Europe to Africa.

One of the richest clubs in the world, Chelsea F.C. was founded on March 14, 1905 at The Rising Sun pub (now The Butcher’s Hook). After a short time, the club was elected into the Second Division at the Football League AGM on May 29, 1905. Chelsea’s first game took place away at Stockport County on September 2, 1905. They lost the game 1-0. Their first home game was against Liverpool in a friendly. They won 4-0. The Club began with established players recruited from other squads and promotion to the top flight was swift, but the club’s early years brought no trophies.