Mfon Udoh

Mfon Udoh (born 14 March 1992) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a forward for Akwa United and the Nigeria national team. He has been described as a complete forward who possesses pace, good positioning, natural finishing as well as the ability to provide assists. [1]He is a "fox in the box" type of player, difficult to stop once in the penalty area.[1] [2]He currently holds the record for highest number of goals scored in the Nigerian Premier Football League in a single season. He is also the first player to score over 35 goals in two consecutive seasons in Nigeria. Between 2012 and 2014, he scored 39 goals in the regular league and 3 in national cup competitions, for a total of 41 goals in two seasons.[3]. He was the highest goal scorer in the 2016 CAF champions league with nine goals and was all scored in the group stage of the competition.

Mfon Udoh
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992
Place of birth Nigeria
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Akwa United
Number 9
Youth career
Diamond Stars
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Calabar Rovers 10 (8)
2012–2013 Akwa United 34 (16)
2013–2018 Enyimba 76 (39)
2018– Akwa United 27 (17)
National team
2014– Nigeria 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 March 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 September 2019

Club career

Early career

Mfon began his youth career with Diamond Stars Academy then at Calabar (UNICEM) Rovers of the Nigeria National League, the former youth club of Finidi George. He would go on to score 8 goals in his first season for the Rovers in 2011-2012 season, finishing as their top marksman in all competitions.

Akwa United F.C

In the 2012-2013 season he transferred to Akwa United F.C.,his hometown club in the Nigerian Premier Division. On 31 March 2013 few weeks after turning twenty years, he scored his first ever goal at the top level of Nigerian football. On 3 August 2013 he received the League Bloggers Award for the best player during the month of July.[2]He would go on to complete the regular season with 16 goals to his name,[4] among them 8 crucial away goals to help 'the Promise Keepers' escape relegation. He finished the season once more as the top marksman for his club and 3rd highest overall in the league.T he performances by the then 20-year-old attracted the attention of top clubs in the league, among them two-time African champions Enyimba.[5][6]

Enyimba F.C

2013-2014

After surprising many with his performances during his first NPFL season, Udoh earned a transfer to two-time African Champions League winners Enyimba for an undisclosed amount. He was given the number 10 shirt and registered for both the Nigerian NPFL and African Champions League competitions. Enyimba presented the biggest opportunity for the best of Udoh to be showcased under a good club management and good technical handlers. He set a personal target of 20 goals for the season.[7] He would go on to surpass this target, shattering the previous league record by scoring 23 goals as Enyimba finished second in the league table.[3] He is currently the only player in the history of the Nigerian league to score more than 20 league goals in a single season.[8] Mfon was a recipient of multiple 'player of the week' awards for scoring very vital goals and assists throughout the year.[9] He scored a total of 6 braces throughout the campaign, including in the last game against Kano Pillars to extend Enyimba's unbeaten streak to seven games, ending the season on a high note.[4] At the end of the season he received the golden boot for NPFL Top Scorer, award for NPFL Player of the season and the League Bloggers Player of the season.

2014-2015

Mfon scored the only goal in the 1-0 win over Bayelsa Utd to give Enyimba their first league win of the season. He would then score a trademark goal against Taraba Utd by capitalizing on lapse in communication between the defenders to give Enyimba a crucial away win. In the game against Sharks in Aba, Mfon scored a brace to bring his tally to 4 goals.[10] Following injury, Mfon was unavailable for matches until the last few games of the season. He scored the only goal through a superb solo-run in a crucial away derby against Abia Warriors, to help Enyimba win the 2015 NPFL season with a game to spare.[11]

2016

After electing to remain with Enyimba for the 2016 season, Mfon scored a brace in the second leg of the 2016 CAF Champions league qualifying game against Vipers FC.[12] He scored another brace in the next round of the competition against Vital'o FC in an assured 5-1 home victory in Aba. In the final qualifying round, Udoh netted a hat-trick in the first leg against Etoile du Sahel for a convincing 3-0 win in Aba.[13] With new coach Paul Aigbogun using a different tactical approach for the NPFL, Udoh was deployed as a right-winger (RW) in league games. Combined with injuries and reduced appearances upfront he suffered his first scoring drought of his career. Incidentally, with Enyimba's elimination from the CAF Champions league, Mfon's form improved as he scored on matchdays 33 & 35. To somewhat vindicate his local form, he ended the season as the top scorer in the CAF champions league with a total of 9 goals. His feat in the continental competition led to his nomination for the award of CAF African footballer of the year at the end of 2016.[14]

2017

Following the departure of Chinedu Udoji to Kano Pillars in December 2016, Mfon Udoh was named the captain of Enyimba F.C.[15]

On 14 September 2018, he announced his departure after seeing off his contract with the club. [16]

International career

In November 2014 he was called up to a friendly game between Nigerian and Ghanaian home-based teams. He made his first appearance for the national team as a 45th-minute substitute.[17]

International goals

Scores and results list Nigeria's goal tally first.[18]
NoDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.17 January 2015The Sevens Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Yemen1–02–0Friendly

Honours

Club

  • Enyimba: Nigerian Premier Football League: runners-up 2014

Individual

  • Nigerian Premier League Top Scorer (1): 2013-2014
  • Enyimba top scorer: 2013-2014
  • Nigerian League Bloggers (Monthly) Award (1): August 2013
  • NPFL Player of the Year Award (1): 2014
  • Nigerian League Bloggers Player of the Season: 2013-2014
  • CAF Champions League 2016 Top Scorer (9 goals): 2016

References

  1. "Player Profile: Meet Mfon Udoh, Nigerian Professional Football League Top Scorer". Wolexis.com. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  2. "Mfon Udoh". Westafricanfootball.com. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  3. "Mfon Udoh grabs 22nd & 23rd NPFL goal". Goal.com. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  4. "Mfon Udoh breaks NPFL goals record". DailyPost Nigeria. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  5. "'Goal King' race now neck to neck - SuperSport - Football". Supersport.com. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  6. "AKWA United FC – Season Review". Westafricanfootball.com. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  7. "Enyimba challenge excites new recruit Mfon Udo". Futaa.com. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  8. "Mfon Udoh Sets New NPFL Goal Record". Nigerian Leagues. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  9. "Nigeria League Star of Week 31: Mfon Udoh". MTN Football. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  10. "Mfon Udoh jumps to top of goalscorers chart". Goal Nigeria. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  11. "Mfon Udoh hero of Oriental derby". Naij Football. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  12. "Mfon Udoh brace in Champions league". Super Sport. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  13. "CAF Champions League 2016 Results". cafonline. CAF.
  14. "CAF Award nominations 2016 Results". cafonline. CAF.
  15. "Captain Mfon Udoh".
  16. "Mfon Udoh quits Enyimba". Jollof Sports. 14 September 2018.
  17. "National team appearance Mfon Udoh". MTN Football. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  18. "Udoh, Mfon". National Football Teams. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
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