From adversity to limelight

From adversity to Limelight

There are things we go through in life that often bring out the best in us. Some may call it adversity, but I’ll simply call it Inspiration. In the game of football, injuries are bound to occur, since the game is a contact sport. 

There are levels of injuries. The usual cramps or dead leg can result from overexertion of the leg muscles. This does occur among footballers, especially if a particular player has been out of action for a very long time, or has overexerted himself. That’s why it’s common to see players develop cramps if a match extends into extra time. The leg muscles are already tired and feeling exhausted. 

It’s rare to see players who have been out of action for several weeks, come into a game from start to finish. The possibility of getting injured again or getting cramps is very high in such circumstances. 

Another common injury among footballers is a hamstring injury. This is common with players who are known for pace. Then there are the serious injuries like Achilles tendon, knee ligament, and leg fracture. 

For 18 years old Victor Chiedozie, football was what he drank each day. He was passionate about the game he had grown to love from childhood. The desire to develop his football career made him link up with a local club in the oil-rich city of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. 

On November 25th, 2017 however, he experienced a turnaround in his life. An incident that almost ended his promising football career. In an exclusive interview with the talented footballer, he narrated how it all began.

Initially, I had cramps on my left leg due to so much training and it had not healed properly. My coach had told me to rest at home for a week after he noticed my physical condition, but in my head, I felt okay after 4 days at home. I was already missing football and I came back to train the fourth day been Saturday.

At training that fateful day, a teammate of mine gave me a crunchy tackle on the same leg where I was having cramps. There was a cracking sound and I shouted as I felt intense pain. 

The training had to be stopped and I was rushed off the field and immediately taken to a clinic. The X-ray of the affected leg showed a crack in my bone as it were. My leg was put on a cast and I was unable to do any physical activity for 6 months.

While in the clinic, friends who came to visit kept asking me if I’ll be able to play football again. My answer was in the affirmative. I had every reason to be positive. So many amazing stories of players who were laid off by their clubs, due to prolong injuries, but came back strong kept going through my mind. 

Doctors once told 34 years old Santi Cazorla that he won’t be able to play the game he loved so much after a heavy tackle in 2015 left him requiring multiple operations. At a point, his leg was almost amputated. His contract with Arsenal wasn’t renewed and he was left with no club. He still bounced back from adversity and joined La Liga side, Villarreal. His scintillating performance with the Yellow Submarine earned him a call up to the Spanish national team last year. 

Victor, true to his name bounced back from the terrible injuries that left him on crutches. Today he’s making waves with Beautiful Strikers FC in Rivers State, Nigeria. 6 goals and 1 assist in 4 games so far with his new Clubside, before the forced stoppage due to COVID-19.

He has beautiful dreams, and he sees himself in Europe in the next two years. Watching him sweat it out in training, leaves no one in doubt about the amazing future that awaits the young Victor Chiedozie Ojogho. 

Indeed, adversity has toughened him and made him a better player. As they say, Some difficult roads often lead to a beautiful destination. Adversity is never a barrier, but a platform to achieving greater things in life

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