Prolific Kelechi Osunwa entered Sudanese foot ball folklore when he banged in an unprecedented 38 goals in the just concluded Sudani Premier league for his club Al-Ahly Shendi. Not only did Osunwa’s epic feat enter Sudanese football follore, it also made a mark in all of Arab land as he emerged with the highest ever goals tally in a single league season by a player in any Arab league competition.
An elated Osunwa related to papilonews.com the secret behind his record breaking form, giving all credit to his maker who made it possible for him to hit such a rich vein of form.
“To God be all the glory because without Him I wouldn’t be where I am today,” began the former Dolphin FC striker. “It is by His grace that I am still alive. It is by His grace that I am still playing the game I love. It is by His special grace that I am able to score goals everywhere I go. And it was by His grace that I have achieved what I have achieved in this game, especially what I achieved in the past season.”
Osunwa first shot into limelight in 2001 for the Nigerian U17 team, when he scored three goals in the qualifiers, and hit another five at the African Championships in Seychelles to cart home the Golden Boot.
Since then he has gone on to hit great heights in Sudan where he has featured for giants Al-Hilal and Al-Merreikh scoring a total of 158 goals in 224 games for both sides before hitting 38 goals last season to bring his total tally in Sudan to 196 goals.
During this period he emerged top scorer in Sudan on six occasions.