By Nwosu Chigozie
It has always been the dream of every young undergraduate students in Nigeria to hope and sort for White collar Jobs on graduation with their Certificate while some dropped their University degrees upon graduation to pursue their talent and hobby, that was the case of Abia Warriors winger, Ugwuka Emmanuel Agogoeto’o
Ugwuka, a graduate of Statistics from Abia State University, Uturu left good memories in the serene environment of the prestigious citadel of learning as he once captained the School team to numerous Nigerian University Games (NUGA). The school once qualified for the Semi final of the competition under his reign as the Skipper of Abia State University.
The petit Winger on graduation pursued his football career to the Professional level as he signed the dotted lines with Ebonyi United FC in 2015, helping the Obinna Ogba sponsored side to gain promotion to NLO Division One before moving to FC Ifeanyiubah (FCIU) whom he joined in 2016 after his world class display against the Anambra Warriors in the 2016 Federation Cup (Aiteo Cup) round of 16 which forced the then coaches of the club Brazilian Rafael Everton and Bulgarian tactician Mitko Dobrev to sign him for the then 2016 Nigeria Federation (Aiteo) cup winners with a fees of ₦.5m
Agogo as he’s fondly called by friends shone like a million stars and carved a niche for himself with debut campaign for the Anambra Warriors during the 2018/2019 abridge season of the Nigerian Professional Football league (NPFL).
The Ikwuano Abia state born prodigy showed off lots of prospects during the season as he played major role which bemused NPFL enthusiast. The youthful FC Ifeanyiubah team qualified for the ‘SUPER SIX’ from a difficult group.
Top NPFL clubsides jostled for Ugwuka’s signature afterwards owing to his stellar performance in the ‘Super Six’ tournament. He scored two goals and was a nightmare for defenders, making life uncomfortable for his markers down the channel with his sleeky skills and exciting runs.
The wing Wizard ended all rumours and speculations to settle with his state team (Abia Warriors) in the current 2019/2020 NPFL. He was given a royal treat as he was unveiled at the club Secretariat before the commencement of the current season alongside other top quality players that signed for the Umuahia Warlords.
Ugwuka kicked off his Abia Warriors career impressively, scoring three (3) goals so far to rank second in the club’s goalscorer charts behind Oni Jimoh, who already has Five (5) goals.
The Winger in an interview with Abiawarriors.com.ng divulged the reason why he chose to pursue a career in football at the expense of his B.sc degree in Statistics.
“I have never dreamt seeing myself one day in a cozzy office wearing suites and all that because I found Joy and fulfilment in being a Professional footballer” said Ugwuka.
“I have never for a second regretted this path which I chose and God has been faithful for me in my career and I still aim at being one of the best players in the NPFL. I am really grateful where my hardwork and grace of God has positioned me at the moment”.
“Funny enough, am the only one who is still active in football as all the people I played alongside with while in school has ventured into many field of endeavour” he continued.
“It was easy convincing my parents becaue I already had an elder Brother who once plied his trade with Enugu Rangers and I can authoritively state that my parents are so proud of where I am today” he concluded.
The dazzling winger sumptuous goal against Nasarawa United on Matchday (18) in Lafia was not enough to help his side record its first away win of the season as the visitors came from behind to accrue all three points.