Kano Pillars new signing Chinedu Udoji has paid tribute former club Enyimba ahead of his official unveiling in Kano this weekend.
The 27-year-old hard tackling defender who spent six seasons in Aba will be reuniting with former manager Kadiri Ikhana who had two successful spells with the Aba Elephants, helping them to win the CAF Champions League in 2003 and the NPFL title in 2015.
Udoji is scheduled to be in Kano today to finalize details of the deal before putting pen to paper for his new team.
Speaking with FCNaija.com, Udoji said: “I’m happy joining Kano Pillars. They believe in me and I will really work hard not to disappoint them.
“I know it puts a huge pressure on me because I’m coming from a very big club but everyday of my life is full of pressure. If you play for a club like Enyimba, you have to perform everytime you are on the pitch and I’m use too that kind of pressure. Enyimba have really thought me how to take care of pressure.”
Asked if his move was motivated by the presence of Ikhana, he replied: “Not really. I just feel it is the right time to face a new challenge in life.
“Kano Pillars are blessed with talented players like Prince Aggreh and Rabiu Ali and it will be lovely playing with them.”
An emotional Udoji had some choice words for Enyimba International FC and fans who supported him through the good and bad moments.
“First of all I want to thank Enyimba fans for the love they showed me,” he said. “When I was there, they were so good to me – they are just wonderful people.
“They so much love the club and made sure they support you to the end. I know I may have disappointed some people when I was there but Enyimba will always be in my heart because they made me who I am today. I wish them all the best.”