Kelechi Chimezie could be referred to as the’super man’ of Nigeria’s notoriously grueling football league, full of thousands of kilometers of travel on bad roads and games every few days against desperately ambitious players (NPFL).
Even in Europe’s top leagues, where advanced medical fitness technology and ease of travel are available to clubs, Chimezie may be one of only a handful of players who achieve the feat he did.
Chimezie, a defensive midfielder for Gombe United, started all 38 matches and was never substituted, clocking 3420 minutes of football in the previous season.
The defensive midfielder joined Gombe United from Heartland of Owerri at the start of the season and gradually integrated with the rest of the squad, becoming a regular presence as the season progressed. Fans of Gombe United quickly warmed to him as he began to dazzle them with his deft touches, defense-splitting passes, and defensive tackles.
“It’s been a good season for me ever since I joined Gombe United, as I settled in easily with the help of my teammates, the fans, and the coaching staff.” “Playing in the north has given me a different perspective on how northerners appreciate football, because they turn out in large numbers to support their team,” Chimezie explained.
Chimezie joined Owerri from Gateway of Abeokuta, and he stated that his ambition is to improve on his performance this season at any club where he may find himself in the coming season.
“I am hoping for a better offer from any club, domestic or foreign, and would also like to improve my performance because it is every footballer’s dream to aim higher.” I’m also hoping for some recognition from national team handlers, as I believe I can hold down the position if given the chance.”