Omonia Nicosia of Cyprus new arrival, Francis Odinaka Uzoho is exuding confidence that he will revive his career at his latest port of call, as he believes the lessons he learnt from a torrid season last time out will help him get better in the coming campaign.
A stormy start to the campaign on loan from Deportivo La Coruna of Spain at fellow-second-tier side, Elche saw him move to Anorthosis Famagusta of Cyprus, only for a fake certificate scandal to limit him to single appearance and a fine that was later overturned, but he ended up losing his first choice spot with Nigeria’s national team.
However, after toiling as the Super Eagles’ third choice goalkeeper to the recent Africa Cup of Nations, in which he featured only in the third place match against Tunisia, which was in contrast with manning the post for all minutes of their campaign at last year’s World Cup in Russia, Uzoho says he has learnt his lessons the hard way.
The UAE 2013 FIFA U-17 winning Golden Eaglets’ second choice shot-stopper is now thinking on the bright side once again, as he joined Omonia in pre-season drills at their camp in Poland, and says it is the begging of his match back to top spot for club and country.
Uzoho also believes he is on the way back to the high-point he achieved in October 2017, when he became the youngest foreign goalkeeper to ever play in the Spanish top-flight league, La Liga and marked a that truly memorable debut for La Coruna with a clean sheet.
Now capped 14 times by Nigeria, the youthful keeper, who arrived at Deportivo from Qatar’s Aspire Football Academy in January 2017, has now set his mind on achieving greater things with Omonia this season.
Uzoho, who is at Omonia on a season-long loan deal, told BBC Sport: “I learned a lot from last season’s experience; hopefully it will serve as a motivation to do well.
“To move forward you can’t keep looking back, so I just want to remain focus on what lies ahead.
“I was very happy to play for my county at the Nations Cup and to be able to do that in a match that got us a medal was incredible.
“I’ve started pre-season with the club on a positive note and I feel good about it.
“I can say last season is in the past now and I hope to write a good chapter with Omonia by God’s grace and hard work.
“I just hope to kick off with positivity and help Omonia Nicosia achieve the club’s target this season.”