23rd September, 2010
Uchenna Agba was one of the nominees for the Inter Club Player of the Year award in 2009Â on the strength of his performance for Heartland in that yearâ€™s edition of the CAFÂ Champions League. He netted a brace against Kano Pillars in the semi-final. Agba spokeÂ Â with SuperSport.com about his current club, CS Sfaxien, his ambition to win the leagueÂ and an African trophy.
You scored in CS Sfaxienâ€™s 2-1 win over Zanaco of Zambia in the Orange CAF ConfederationÂ Cup, and it was actually the winning goal of that game last Friday. Was it an easy goalÂ for you?
It wasnâ€™t easy at all, but to have scored the winning goal really pleased me.
Were you worried when Zanaco kept the score tied at 1-1 till half-time?
No, I wasnâ€™t because we were totally in control of the game, but I never wished the gameÂ ended that way.
Now your team are in pole position to reach the semi finalsÂ from Group B of the OrangeÂ CAF Confederation Cup, do you think CS Sfaxien can win Africaâ€™s second tier clubÂ competition this year?
Yes, of course, every participating team have got a chance to win. But for now allÂ efforts are channelled to see that we reach the last four of the competition and then weÂ will be looking at going further in the competition. We will aim to finish as high as weÂ can this year.
You have seamlessly settled down at CS Sfaxien after joining them from HeartlandÂ Football Club this year, how easy was this considering the difference in language andÂ culture between your native country, Nigeria and Tunisia?
Itâ€™s not been easy I must confess to you though on the pitch football is one language.Â But discipline is a core value which has been keeping me up, and I donâ€™t intend to changeÂ that attitude now.
On arrival at CS Sfaxien early this year from Heartland FC, what first struck orÂ impressed you?
I was impressed at the level of organisation exhibited by the clubs and the Tunisian FAÂ especially and the exceptional officiating that allows you to play good football. I thinkÂ the latter has affected my game so much. I think the Tunsian league is better organised.
What target have you set for yourself with CS Sfaxien this season?
It will be winning the Confederation Cup and the Tunisian league with CS Sfaxien by theÂ grace of God.
So far which team or teams do you dread and consider as threat or threats to theseÂ ambitions?
Well, Iâ€™d say Esperance and Etoile du Sahel because they have good teams too. But for meÂ nothing is impossible.