PETALING JAYA: After two months of being indoors, Nigerian striker Uche Agba’s spirits have lifted thanks to the return of football in Germany’s Bundesliga and South Korea’s K-League.
Now, the Melaka striker can’t wait to get on the grass and start playing football again.
The 33-year-old, who has played for clubs like Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien, Bahrain’s Al-Hidd and Saudi Arabia’s Al-Qadisiyah in his 12-year career, has finally been able to go outdoors and gets to check out the field near his residence in Melaka, although football is still not allowed.
“The conditional MCO has allowed us to do some outdoor activities. It’s extremely different training outdoors than being in your room. It felt much better,” said the striker, who has so far scored two goals in four matches for the Mousedeer.
“Football is football. It’s joyful to see footballers returning to action. Football in 2020 has been unique, but I pray not to experience it again.
“I pray that the world overcomes this pandemic and let peace return.”
On the Malaysia Football League’s (MFL) proposal to resume the Super League with only seven matches instead of the standard two-round home and away format, Agba said that meant the league was wide open, and his team would have to fight for all 21 points available.
“What happened previously in the league does not matter anymore.
“I believe those who decided this must have considered all factors.
“Now, all we need to do is to do our best in this special circumstance.
“I wouldn’t cry over a situation I cannot change but I will give it my best shot.
“It’s time for us to show character and fight for every single point. Melaka have an excellent group. We are together, and for each other.”
Together with Haitian international playmaker Sony Norde, Agba has shown some tremendous attacking displays in the four matches so far where Melaka have collected six points.
However, the team are now in the relegation zone after the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) deducted three points from Melaka for the team’s failure to follow the financial plans they had submitted to settle their players’ arrears.
Melaka will need Agba to be firing, and the Nigerian has promised to give his all on covering every blade of green grass on the football field.
After all, he says green is his favourite colour – the colour of his national flag.
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