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CHAN 2014: Only God kept me alive after Edusei elbow – Uzoenyi

Published on: 31 January 2014
Ejike Uzoenyi battles for the ball against Mali at the CHAN

Super Eagles midfielder, Ejike Uzoenyi, has revealed that he almost passed out when Ghanaian defender, Kwabena Adusei, elbowed him in his head and nether regions, causing him a minor concussion mid-way into the first half of the African Nations Championship, CHAN, semi-final clash between Nigeria and Ghana in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Team medics described Uzoenyi’s condition at the time as ‘cortica artery seizure’, noting that it took quite a while to get his pulse back from the leg region.

“It was scary but we thank God, it didn’t degenerate more than that and the player’s recovery rate was phenomenal,” one of the medical official attached to the team noted.

The player himself was quoted by Team Media Officer, Ben Alaiya, as saying he momentarily passed on and didn’t know what was happening until he was stretchered out for treatment.

“That player wanted to kill me with that vicious elbow and I was blank and did not know where I was until I started hearing noises, but I was determined to continue that was why I was rushing back to the pitch. But I think it was God that saved my life because some lesser cases have resulted in fatalities,” Uzoenyi said.

He also said that he was still sad that the Eagles lost the match after his near fatal accident and promised that he would be ready for the third place match against the Warriors of Zimbabwe.

“It’s the only thing we have to leave here with and we are determined to compensate Nigerians with a third place finish”, he said.

Zambian referee, Janny Sikwaze, also received blame from football fans across South Africa for being too casual and at times absent minded in the handling of the Nigeria-Ghana match.

“It was really scary that a player will commit such an offence and still was left on the pitch by the referee, CAF must take note and deal with this matter before players like that commit murder on the pitch”, declared Emmanuel Addo, a Nigerian at the tournament.

Lucia Sanele, a South African said she saw the bestial side of football from the Ghanaians and wondered if the organisers were taking notes of what was happening on the pitch.

“We must find a way to excuse brutes from the game of football if the game must maintain its entertainment values”, she said.


This article has 7 comment(s), give your comment
  • Ben says:
    January 31, 2014 10:31 am
    sometimes i wonder if this site is truly a ghanaian site and not a nigerian managed site with nigerian owners. they always look to support nigeria and ridicule Ghana. I wonder how a an english,spanish,Italian or German website will publish a false ligation by a different country for it readers to enjoy. We all watched the match and there is no where in the match kobina edusei elbowed the nigerian player. they all jumped for the ball and there was clash off heads, so how can you blame kobina for the guys landing. what about the injury the ghanian player sustained in the head. we have seen many of such instances in games. the likes of drogba,fabrice muamba have suffered similar faith and they never accused their opponent. i think this is not the first time the so called ghanasoccernet is trying to distroy a ghanaian player. they did this to laryea kingston when they published a story of a nigerian comedian ridiculing the player and saying he is ugly all because the guy played better against them in a friendly that ghana beat them by a very huge margin. there is know doubt in my mind that this site is managed by nigerians using a ghanaian name.
  • Troy says:
    January 31, 2014 06:42 am
    But he never Elbowed him. They both jumped aNd had some clash of heads. As if we didn't even watch the match. Poor Excuse from nigerians
  • ghanaman says:
    January 31, 2014 06:25 am
    useless GSN APES, why pull a propaganda article from a Nigerian site without giving credit you criminals
  • GHFUO, change ur MENtality says:
    February 01, 2014 06:59 am
  • spellBOUND says:
    January 31, 2014 06:48 pm
    That injury was truly ugly. As soon as I saw the replay, i said oh no. Thank God he is safe.....
  • selfmade says:
    January 31, 2014 02:56 pm
    We are ready to break legs!!! Any bone ll be broken!!
  • Didie says:
    January 31, 2014 12:58 pm
    I am not really interested in this issue but as a true Ghanaian it hurts me a lot to read this article,whoever the lady might be.she should rather comment on her S.A that performed very poorly and stop saying rubbish on our game.Ghanaian players were always bullied in most of the tournament we participated and never voiced out anything then why would you want to tarnish the image of ghana football.its just nonsense...