Two-times CAF Champions League winner, Enyimba FC of Aba, during the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) transfer window, made some salient procurements to fortify the squad as the domestic league goes into the second stanza. One of their notable acquisitions, Franco Atchou formerly of Dyto FC, Lome, Togo had an exclusive chat with www.papilonews.com.
Here are five important things you need to know about the Togolese midfielder.
Born on Nigerian Soil – Franco’s parents are Togolese, but as at the time of his birth, his parents were residing in the commercial capital of Nigeria, Lagos. Franco basically grew up in Nigeria before he left for Togo at the age of four, leaving his father and older brother behind.
Speaks a Nigerian language – About Nigerian language: “I don’t understand English, but I am proficient in Yoruba because I was born in Lagos and spent some time there before heading to my country, although my dad and brother are back to our homeland, my mother still resides in Nigeria,” Franco said to www.papilonews.com.
Togo International – Franco has featured for the Togo national team right from the youth cadre. In 2014, he represented Togo in the U-20 qualification stage and in 2015; he was in the CHAN team for his fatherland.
Franco has also earned several caps at senior level; he was part of the Togolese squad to the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon.
Midfield Maestro – Fronco is one of those midfielders whose presence in a team is vital. He can best be described as a box-to-box midfielder who also has the competence of playing defensive and offensive roles. His charisma and contribution in the middle of the park can carry the whole team and dictate the pace of their transition; this is one valuable asset he has.
“Why I chose the NPFL” – Fronco revealed to www.papilonews.com the reasons behind his choice of joining the People’s Elephant.
Here him: “I chose the NPFL because it is a more organized, professional league, better than what we have in Togo. Enyimba is an idle club for me to make my mark because they have been African Champions twice and that’s what really attracted me to the side. I have been in talks with the club even before the 2017 Nations Cup.”