Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Efugh: The influential captain

Football has taken one of Heartland's most efficient centre-backs in recent years across the country. He is currently the most influential captain in the Glo Premier League having guided his team to win the last two Cup editions.

Chinedu Efugh (pictured) also known as Chicago is Heartland's captain and has made the armband of the Naze Millionaires his own for four successive seasons.

Last season, 27-year-old Efugh wanted to drop the armband after "numerous problems." But one Pastor Nnamdi of the Overcomers Church in Owerri and a few friends convinced him to keep the captaincy as they view him "a leader of men."

Already, his leadership style has helped Heartland win the Federation Cup (formerly the FA Cup) back-to-back in 2011 and 2012.

And his leadership qualities also extend beyond the field of football as he is an example to a lot of young footballers in the Premier League that they can play in the league and also achieve great things in and outside of the sport.

Efugh, who drives a Toyota Camry and keeps a low profile, owns four sets of two-room self-contained units and four sets of one-room self-contained apartments in Jos.

He told "I'm not going into real estate full time but I'm just investing in it for the future."

Smart move by the skipper, who attended Tempest Comprehensive High School in Jos, you'll say.

However if not for football, Efugh says he would have ended up as "a graduate with a white collar job."

This season, Efugh and his teammates are saddled with the task of defending their Federation Cup title for the third time, and the defence starts with modest Enugu outfit, Ingas FC next week.

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