The journey to stardom for most Nigerian footballers hasn’t always been rosy, and it’s same with a young man who had passion for football at an early age in the city of Enugu.
Nigerian Professional footballer, Chisom Egbuchulam who is a native of Imo state was born and bred in Enugu and it was this same city he developed the love for the round leather game. He is the fourth of the five children by his parent. He participated in school games and inter house sports as he began to pursue his dreams
Chisom Egbuchulam revealed his funny transition from being a goalkeeper to being a lethal forward. “Football is a gift and passion for me. As kid, I stated as a goalkeeper. I was in goal in one of our street games back then in Enugu and a shot was played to my chest which was very painful. From then, I decided not to play as a goalkeeper but a striker instead” he told Sportlens360.
The Striker played for Disdevt in Afrik FC Academy, Enugu before his breakthrough to the Enugu Rangers team in 2013. “The move to Rangers was a dream come true. I was called to come play for the team and they asked me how much I wanted as a player but all I wanted to do was just to play football which was the response I gave to the team before I was signed.”
Chisom received one hundred thousand Naira as salary for Rangers when he joined.
“Togetherness and a young squad had major impact in winning the league” the 28-year had this to say concerning Rangers league victory in 2016 after spending three years at the club he started with professionally.
Winning the league brought about a lot of opportunities for the Enugu-born star. He got called to the national team against Zambia in 2016, got a deal with but didn’t pull through because Rangers didn’t agree with Etiole du Sahel because of the transfer fee so he had to return.
“It was a dream come true for me. We finished the league, and the next thing was my call up to the national team. I was very excited to share the period with those I look up to and have watched on TV”, Chisom shared his excitement on representing the National team.
Chisom went to Club Africain in Tunisia for another deal but the deal failed again so he had to stay in Nigeria until the Swedish team, BK Hacken came calling. It wasn’t an all pleasant experience as it was the first time he was playing in Europe. “It wasn’t easy to adapt because of the cold, it took me 6months”, he said.
The Nigerian forward spent a year on Loan with the Swedish side before advancing to another Swedish side, Falkenberg. “I’ve had an experience with Hacken, so it was easy for me”,he stated.
The pacy striker who is a big fan of Ahmed Musa and considers him his all time National team player made a surprise move to Asia, Suwon FC in Korea precisely.
He expressed shock at first when he was told by his agent about the offer but made the move regardless after asking from people about life in Korea.
“It was a big challenge. I had so many offers after Falkenberg. My agent called and told me there’s an offer from Korea. I was surprised because I didnt know anything about Korea. I started asking questions from alot of people. I had nobody in Korea to ask questions so I took my time, thought about it with my family and prayed to God for direction. I was the only African player in the league. I was told I was the first African player to play in the league after a very long time. It was a big challenge”
Scott Adam said, “if you want to be successful, find out the price and pay it”. Chisom Egbuchulam has paid the price and currently enjoying success. The young man is currently enjoying life at Meizhou Hakka, a Chinese football club in the China league one division.