CHAN Eagles midfielder Emeka Atuloma has completed his house in Umuahia and moved his parents in before the home-based Eagles departed for the 2018 Championship for African Nations (CHAN), which gets underway in Morocco this weekend, Scorenigeria.com.ng reports.
“He used the opportunity provided by the end of last season to complete the house and his parents moved in before reporting to the Super Eagles camp”, a close family member told Scorenigeria.com.ng
“Emeka (Atuloma) is the second in a family of five boys and he has through football become prominent and respected not only in the family but within the community”.
The 25-year-old appears set for the skies following career upsurge.
“I’m not the spokesman of the family. His older brother lives in Owerri but I know Emeka has become the proverbial rejected stone that later became the corner stone of the house.
“Nobody reckoned with him playing football as he opted to play.
“From Abia Warriors, it was difficult to register him as the chairman then had to yield to pressure, quite against his wish, to drop him.
“He moved to Dolphins where coach Stanley Eguma saw and appreciated his talent. He even went on trials in Canada with Montreal Impact. He was not successful and on return, he joined Heartland.
“It was from Heartland that he went back to Dolphins before they changed their name to Rivers United. So, you can see it has not been easy but God has always been on his side”.
Club duties denied Atuloma a place in coach Augustine Eguavoen’s U23 Olympic Team in 2011.
He was also to miss the final cut for the WAFU Nations Cup in Ghana late last year.
His super strike earned ‘The Pride of Rivers’ a 1-0 win over FUS Rbat, Morocco, in a CAF Confederation Cup group match last year in Port Harcourt.
The CHAN Eagles will get their campaign underway in Morocco with an opening group fixture against Rwanda on Sunday night.
By Sab Osuji