GEORGE TOWN: Kedah striker Chidi Edeh has been playing with a groin injury for half a year now. And he is willing to play through the pain barrier again in Saturday’s Malaysia Cup final against Selangor.
The 28-year-old Nigerian tore a muscle in his groin midway through the Red Eagles’ Premier League campaign.
The doctors advised Edeh to take a complete rest – for at least one month – for the injury to heal.
But the Nigerian defied the doctors’ orders and helped Kedah lift the Premier League title and qualify for the Malaysia Cup final.
“I have not fully recovered from the injury. But I cannot rest because I am the main striker in the team ... there are so many important games to play. There is one more game to go and I can rest and recover at home after the final,” said Edeh on Wednesday.
“Many people don’t know the pain I’m going through just to play and score goals for Kedah. Many people criticise and talk about my game. But they really don’t know that I’m in pain. The team officials know the real situation and understand and appreciate what I’m doing.”
Edeh, who is in his first season with Kedah, is the team’s top scorer with 11 league goals and seven in the Malaysia Cup.
And he has vowed to end the year with a bang by guiding them past Selangor in Saturday’s final.
“Kedah have not met Selangor yet this year, but I have a perfect scoring record against them.
“Not many Kedah supporters know this, but I scored against Selangor both home and away in the AFC Cup group stage two years ago when I was with East Bengal FC. We beat Selangor 1-0 in India and drew 2-2 in Shah Alam,” said Edeh, who spent seven seasons playing in India before joining Kedah.
“I want to extend my scoring record against Selangor in the final. The final is going to be interesting because Selangor are a good side.
“I have won almost all the trophies in India ... I’m looking forward to winning two trophies in my first season in Malaysia.”
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