It will be hard to find Udoji’s replacement, says Yaro Yaro
Kano Pillars assistant coach, Ahmed Garba, nicknamed Yaro Yaro, has stated that it will be difficult for ‘Sai Masu Gida’ to get another player as committed as Chinedu Udoji both off and on the pitch as they prepare for their Matchday 10 fixture.
Udoji died in a car crash in the early hours of last Monday in Kano.
The late centre-back featured for Kano Pillars for the entire 90 minutes in their 1-1 draw with his former club, Enyimba on Sunday but was pronounced dead before the early hours of the following day after the vehicle he was driving plunged into a road side pole on his way back from the hotel lodgings of the People’s Elephant to greet his ex-teammates.
Tributes have continued to pour in for the late defender since the unfortunate incident and Garba who is one of his coaches at Pillars told npfl.ng that he is still in shock over the the demise of Udoji.
“I have always been amazed at the work rate of Udoji since he joined Kano Pillars. He is so committed and dedicated to his job that it is the only thing we know of him. He doesn’t drink and engage in other
social activities. He was a very gentle player but firm on the pitch. It will be so hard for Pillars to find a committed player as such as Udoji,” Garba told npfl.ng.
“I know he doesn’t keep late nights and he has led by example throughout his stay with us. He was a player I loved so much and it was the reason I could not gather the courage to go inside to look at his dead body when we got to the mortuary.
“I was told he went to visit his friends at Enyimba’s hotel after the match and after they had chatted for so long till the early hours of the morning (on Monday) he decided to leave for his place,” he said.
Garba said it has been difficult planning a matchday in the absence of Udoji who was a mainstay in the heart of Kano Pillars defence.
Kano Pillars will face Rangers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu this Sunday.