By Tolu Olorunmoteni
New Kano Pillars Defender, Chinedu Udoji has said the desire for new challenges motivated him to swap former champions Enyimba FC for their Northern rivals, Kano Pillars.
In a transfer window filled with surprise moves like Dayo Ojo–Sunshine Stars moving to Enyimba, among others, the defender stunned many with his decision to join Pillars, a team that ensured Enyimba remained second best for three years as they cruised to consecutive league victories between 2011 and 2014.
However, the defender revealed the desire for a new challenge at the Northern club, which finished 7th last season, is his reason for joining the former champions.
“The challenge is real, that is what brought me here. First, I have to fight to get into the starting eleven and test myself in a different team”, Udoji told exclusively.
Easily, one might be tempted to reason alongside a man who has won everything in Nigeria with Enyimba. In times like this, motivation becomes a really big problem, but not with Udoji. He continued:
“It has not been difficult (to motivate myself). I don’t always think about what I have won, I start every season as if I have not won anything. But this time, I feel a need to change club and try myself in a new environment.”  
The 2016/17 season will kick-off this weekend and adaptability should be an issue. Udoji spent seven seasons at Enyimba. An Igbo man, in Eastern Nigeria, can’t be tough to adapt even if it’s not in a familiar area. But Udoji is equally familiar with life in the North. Born and resident in Kaduna, surely a new life in Kano won’t be too different. 

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