Suspension: Mfon Udoh tackles Enyimba

Festus Abu

Enyimba say they have taken disciplinary action against Mfon Udoh for allegedly breaking the rules.

The  2003 and 2004 African champions said  ahead of their  the  first leg CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinal clash against Rwandan side Rayon Sports in Kigali on Sunday they had  suspended the  26-year-old Super Eagles striker, who is their captain, for “gross misconduct and indiscipline”.

“You have been suspended indefinitely and without pay till further notice,” the club added in a letter addressed to the player published on their official website on Friday.

“Your actions were severe breaches of your expected and entrusted role as captain and ambassador of Enyimba Football Club.

“They also demonstrated your significant disregard for the established authorities and governing laws of Enyimba.”

But former Akwa United star Udoh said he severed his relationship with the Aba Premier League giants following the expiration of his contract, insisting he was not aware of any letter from the club suspending him.

“Nothing like that happened,” Scorenigeria.com quoted the player as saying on Friday.

 He added, “I did not receive such a letter from anybody, I have not heard of such a thing. I’m hearing this for the very first time. But nothing like that happened. I believe the suspension letter was backdated to September 7.

“But if they insist on their claim, let them bring the acknowledgement copy of the letter with my signature on it.”

However, Enyimba chairman Felix Anyansi-Agwu, who did not reveal what the player did wrong, insisted Udoh was aware of his suspension.

He said, “The issue happened last week, but we didn’t make it public to enable him to answer a national call-up. He has also been given his suspension letter for gross misconduct. He is aware of his suspension.”

Meanwhile, a lack of match sharpness could hamper Enyimba  when they tackle Rayon Sports, according to AFP. 

The Nigerian league was halted because of a national association power struggle between incumbent Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa.

Then, the championship was shortened by 14 rounds because of fixture congestion, leaving Enyimba short of competitive fixtures as they seek a fifth African title.

They won successive CAF Champions League titles in 2003 and 2004 and the CAF Super Cup matches that followed those triumphs.

Another worry for Enyimba is a lack of goals in Africa – they have managed only 11 in 10 outings with leading scorers Ibrahim Mustapha and Chinonso Okonkwo claiming just two each.

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