Mfon Udoh not afflicted by stroke, says Enyimba


Mfon Udoh scores from the spot during a recent Glo Premier League game. Enyimba has denied the report that Udoh has been afflicted by stroke. PHOTO: FEMI ADEBESIN-KUTI.

The management of Enyimba of Aba has refuted the report that their star striker, Mfon Udoh, suffered a stroke, saying that the story is ‘entirely false and misleading.’ In a statement made available to The Guardian, Enyimba said “Udoh suffered a bout of common cold just after our Matchday 7 game against FC IfeanyiUbah in Nnewi on May 3, for which he consulted our medical unit and was given the right medication to improve his wellbeing. This kept him out of the team that hosted Giwa FC on Matchday 8 a week later.”

The statement added: “When he had not recovered fully ahead of the trip to Dolphins on Matchday 9, he was referred to Wimpole Clinic Aba, one of the medical centres we partner with for observation by Dr. Onyeike Kalu.

“It was under intense scrutiny and after tests had been conducted was it discovered that Mfon Udoh’s cold had brought him facial nerve palsy, or Bell’s palsy, as it’s also called. This illness causes the loss of some facial movement, due to nerve damage. Facial muscles droop and become weak on a side of the face.

“Anyone familiar with medical conditions knows that common cold is the name given to a contagious viral disease, which infects the soft lining of the nose and throat.

It is believed that this infection is the cause of Udoh’s facial nerve palsy but we are pleased to announce that he has made great recovery and will be with the team soon, doing what he loves best.” Enyimba claimed that Udoh was at no time paralysed neither did he lose the ability to move himself.

“He remains active and has kept in touch with our Team Doctor, Ferdinand Ajere, who manages his physical therapy. Above all, God is the Ultimate Healer and we believe His healing and protective hands have covered Mfon Udoh and will continue to cover him.”

It added that in a matter of days, Udoh will resume normal training with the rest of the team, “get on the pitch and bang in those goals we all love him for.” Udoh currently holds the record for highest number of (23) goals scored in the Nigerian Premier Football League in a single season.

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