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Sports News of Saturday, 24 September 2022


Ugboh: I’m happy with progress at Midtjylland

Mark Ugboh Mark Ugboh

Nigerian goalkeeper Mark Ugboh has expressed delight after recently being promoted to Danish SuperLiga giant club FC Midtjylland’s first team.

The 18-year-old arrived in January and was promoted to Midtjylland’s first team after signing a five-year contract extension this month, becoming the first African goalkeeper to achieve the feat at the Danish side.

The tall goalkeeper and product of FC Ebedei has impressed with Midtjylland’s U-19 side, keeping five clean sheets in seven appearances.

“I get a lot out of training with the first team. When I got here I didn’t think it would go so fast and I’m happy with the progress I’ve made so far.

“The goalkeepers I train with have great qualities. I look at what they do and I try to copy them. If there is something I can’t do, I try to learn from them in the pursuit of becoming even better,” Ugboh said on the club website.

Ugboh, who started keeping at 13, is surprised to become a professional goalkeeper in Europe at the teenage age of 18.

He said, “As an 11-year-old, I didn’t focus on being a goalkeeper at all. Here, I just played and took things as they came. It was only afterwards that I found out that my talent lay within the goal.

“When I was about 13 years old, I sometimes started playing as a goalkeeper. Here I found out that I was better as a goalkeeper than out on the pitch. It helped motivate me to keep playing there.”

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