OSAGIE: ANKLE INJURY ALMOST RUINED MY CAREER
: Jan 18, 2011
Enyimba Striker Confident Of Premier League Title Run, Dreams CAF Champions League Glory
Congrats Osagie for that wonderful performance against Gombe United on Sunday?
Thank you sir. I thank God for that. You know I have been out for a long time and so I’m happy that I’m back to the game.
That means your ankle injury is now fully healed?
Yes. It was horrible to be out all this long while. I’m grateful to God for making it possible for me to recover and get back to the game.
And you scored in your comeback game and also provided the penalty that Johnson scored?
I thank God for that. You know when you score, as a striker, you get more confidence. I think I can go on from here. Having been out for several months, I thought I have lost my sharpness. But my performance has really lifted my spirit. I can go on and on. By the grace of God, I can still contest for the top scorers award.
You mean that plenty of goals still remain in your boots?
(Laughs) Yeah, though I have missed out in the earlier ten, league games. That was due to the injury and some other problems. Now I’m back, let’s see where we go from here. Everything is possible, you only need to work hard and try to do your best at all times, surely the goals will start flowing again.
The likes of Akombo Ukeyima, Jude Aneke and Fred Okwara are already on four goals each. There are a whole lot of them that have three goals, how can you challenge them for the top scorer award?
It’s only a matter of one working very hard. And of course, one need to be very prayerful to God to stay free from injury. I think with all these, everything gonna be fine.
You had some problems with Enyimba prior to the start of this season. Has it been resolved?
Yes, Everything is okay now. I have put that behind me. We are looking forward to how we can do better in the saeson. Right now, we have resolved to achieve something great this season.
But Enyimba has not been doing well in the league so far.
That is true but then do not forget that we lost a couple of quality players at the end of the last season. About five of them or even more. And in their places, some young players have been called up. So right now, we are trying to blend together. I‘m happy with their blending process and a few weeks time, Enyimba will regain it’s form.
So you believe Enyimba can still lay a claim on the league title race?
Sure. The League is still young and open. Look at the top teams on the table. The difference (between title contenders) is not yet clear. Besides, only 10 matches have been played with a whole lot of 28 games yet to be decided. So I believe, strongly too that anything can still happen.
That a team started the league badly is not enough to write such team off. And again, that a team started well is not good reason enough to conclude that the title is for them like a walk in the park. Let us draw inspiration from the English Premier League. Chelsea started well, opening up about 8 points gap on the table but today, they are playing a catch up game, I do not want to say that they are struggling.
On the other hand, Manchester United started slowly but today they are on top of the table. So in our case, I believe Enyimba can still make it. This is a team with tradition, who give out their best to surprise people each time their backs are pushed to the wall. It can not be different this time around.
When did you pick that ankle injury and what was your feeling all this while you stayed out of action.
That was last season, during our last continental match (CAF Champions League return leg match against Zanaco of Zambia). They defeated us 4-0 in the first leg in Zambia but we managed only a 2-0 win here in Aba. It was so painful for me because we lost out of the competition and I sustained such an injury. At a point, I thought my career is totally over. Like I said earlier, all that is history now. Thank God it’s all over and I’m back playing again.
Finally, the Champions League is around the corner again. What is Enyimba’s prospect in the competition?
We have a very very bright prospect. You know we are well experienced when it comes to that competition. We have won it twice in the past, In 2003 and 2004 respectively. It won’t be impossible for us to do it again because the terrain is no longer new to us.
But that does not mean that I am being boastful or underrating other teams. The fact is that I know our quality. I know we have a strong side, good enough to make an impact and with hard work and determination, anything is possible.
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