Saturday 7 March 2015

Chukwudi Chukwuma: A goal hunter full of maturity

Nigeria-born youth soccer star, Chukwudi Chukwuma, who plays for FK Teplice Football Club in the Gambrinus Liga, in the Czech Republic just 20 years old is full of maturity as he dazzles older players and has sent a very strong signal to the national team selectors in Nigeria. Chukwuma is the first youth graduate of an Indian football academy, Sesa Football Club to sign a deal with a foreign club.
He has signed a four-year contract with Czech Republic top flight team FK Teplice. The
Benin City-born youth star coached by his father and Sesa handler, Clifford Chukwuma, has been described as a pacy striker and a goal hunter whose excellent striking process should be exploited by the Chief Coach of the national Under-23 soccer team, Samson Siasia, and even by the coaches of the Super Eagles.
So many national team players from Boznia, Congo and Cape Verde and Brazil compete with the young lad yet he is able stay atop. His first league match for FK Teplice sent a message that with the departure of Bony Wifred from Sparta Prague, there remains yet another African who could fill his space.
His second league match against another Czech giant, FC Slovan Liberec, was a thriller. Because of his age, he also played for the youth team as well as the first team. He has been described as a truly talented youngster, full of maturity and has power on his foot. FK Teplice is hoping to have him replace the vacuum created by the exit of Edin Dzeko to Wolfbug.
The club’s coaching crew is working seriously on him as they believe strongly that he is like a hidden diamond to them. FK Teplice is in the Northern part of The Czech Republic, bordered clubs in Central Europe, they appeared many times in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. The club is presently occupying the sixth position on the league table.
Chukwuma was born in Nigeria, he moved to India when he was 11years old, in the year of 2006. In 2010, he joined the Sesa Football Academy in Goa, after his father Clifford was appointed as the club’s Head Coach. Chukwuma eventually made it to the first-team at the Sesa Football Academy and played for the side in the I-League Second Division and Goa Professional League.
In November 2013, Chukwuma went on trial with Gambrinus Liga side, FK Teplice, where he impressed coaches with his ability and even scored a goal in a friendly match against FK Meteor Prague VIII. Then, in December 2013, it was confirmed that Chukwuma had signed a four-year deal with FK Teplice. He then made his professional debut with the club on March 2, 2014 against Sigma Olomouc. He came on as a 79th minute substitute for Admir Ljevaković as Teplice won 4–0.

The unknown Nigerian striker was among the goal scorers for Teplice as they thrashed Jiskra Domazlice 4-0 in a Czech Republic Cup game. The 20-year-old scored Teplice’s third goal of the game in the 70th minute. Chukwuma joined the Czech club last season. His compatriot Eugene Salami is also on the books of Teplice.

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