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Fanendo Adi Happy To Return For Portland Timbers After Long-Term Injury

Fanendo Adi Happy To Return For Portland Timbers After Long-Term Injury

Nigerian striker Fanendo Adi is determined to get his career back on track with Major League Soccer side Portland Timbers after spending six months on the sidelines with a bad hamstring injury, reports Completesportsnigeria. com.

Adi has been Portland Timbers’ most consistent forward since his arrival at the club three-and-a-half years ago but the injury limited his appearance for the club last season.


Ahead of Timbers’ season opener against Los Angeles Galaxy on March 4, the striker is keen to get on the pitch again and better his performance for the club.

“I’m hoping to outdo whatever I’ve done for this team,” Adi, 27, told the club’s official website.

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“I’m working so hard on my fitness, having been out for so long. Now that I have a few more things that I know how to do right, I’ll be better in the long run.”

The 27-year-old also revealed the long but tortuous road to recovery for him.

“When you know you need just two weeks to come back, and then you do something very little and it reoccurs, it was quite frustrating,” he added.

“And knowing I’m a person the team relies on to get goals, and not being there for the team, it was very frustrating.”

Despite spending so much time on the sidelines, Adi refused to remain negative and believed everything happened for a reason.

“In as much as [the injury] was a bad thing, it happened for a reason,” Adi said.

“I’m the kind of person that thinks everything is supposed to happen, so I take what seems to be the negative and make it a positive.

“Probably, it was the time for me to be out and reflect on being here. Injuries happen, but mine was happening in a different way, where very minor things kept reoccurring.”

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  • If this guy gets back to form and he is invited, he could become the new Bright Dike.
    He could become the missing link for the SE.

  • My Russia 2018 Dream selection;
    2 EBUEHI
    3 IDOWU
    4 NDIDI
    6 AM IN
    8 JOEL OBI
    9 IGHALO
    11 MOSES



  • David Ekpe 4 years ago

    Pls can you humbly pull out Akpeyi

  • Omo9ja 4 years ago

    Thank God Adi is back. I’m not a coach neither an agent but I am a Nigerian to the core. Half Adi will get the job done for coach Rohr. If this guy, Adi is fully fit before the world cup no doubt he is a world class striker.

    long story short, my strikers for the world cup are,

    Obafemin Martins
    Fanendo Adi
    Ike Uche
    Paul Unuachi

    I don’t think non of us here can boldly say we have better quality strikers in the current Super Eagles team than those five strikers I mentioned above?

    Please check for their video tapes on YouTube before you talk.

    Goalkeeping department, we have no
    problem at all except if we are deceiving ourselves.


    Three of these goalkeepers deserves to be at the world cup if coach Rohr really want to make history.

    Lastly, if Akpeyi and Agu listed in the two friendly matches we are playing this month, no hope for the world cup and I will keep my mouth shut. Can’t wait until 7th of this month my people. Then, the real talk begins. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • whatever everyone line up is, don’t forget that the following players must start or are sure starters in super eagles first eleven at the world cup because of their importance for the team,balogun,ekong,ndidi,mikel obi,victor moses,ighalo,so my predicted first eleven is 1 uzoho or ezenwa,2 ebuhe or abdulahi,3 echejile or idowu,4 ndidi,5 balogun,6 ekong,7 iwobi,ihenacho or moses simon,8 onazi,Joel obi,john ogu or etebo,9 ighalo,10 Mikel obi,11 victor moses,note I might not be totally right but am 99 percent sure that our first eleven will comprise of the following people.

  • Something Tells me one of aina or ebuehi(especially) will not go to world cup…because of how much rohr is rating echiejile. And I will be very disappointed because they are all better than him. The way he has been going from one club to the other till this belgian 2nd division club (without regular playing time) says all about him

    • Paschal 4 years ago

      Waow it is not flesh and blood that revealed this to you my brother. I will be bitterly sad if any of thos two guys are dropped cos they are young, quick and bursting with energy. I really pray Echiejile is dropped for those two. But if he is not, I fear the worst for those two fine defenders and that will be terribly unfortunate for the good name of Gernot Rohr.

  • @sean both of them will go remember rohar also rate this two guyz highly as well and they are the future of this team,I personally will like echijiele to go to the world cup as he was part of the qualifying team let him eat the fruit of his labour as this represents his last outing with Nigeria in major tournerment,remember that his experience will also be needed at some time at the world cup so let give him that respect and rohar also knows all this that why he is still keeping him,remember two players are needed in each positions so Brian idowu can be used as one of the center defender because of his visitality,so in this particular order this are Nigeria defenders to the world cup,2 sehu abdulahi,ebuhe, 3 echijile,ola aina,5ekong,idowu,6balogun,awaziem chidozie.take it or leave it my opinion anyway.

    • Paschal 4 years ago

      That is how we said Yobo’s experience will be needed at the world cup till he helped France to score their second goal against us.

  • Ogie samuel 4 years ago

    Ebuehi and aina must be at the world cup cos they re playing regularly

  • Paschal 4 years ago

    I do not know who should be at the world cup but I sure know who should not be there: 1. Echiejile, 2. Nwakaeme 3. Mikel Agu 4. Uche Agbo, 5. Daniel Akpeyi 6. Ezenwa (If we get a better alternative) 7. Isaac Success 8. Ideye. The fact that someone laboured during the qualifiers does not mean he must go to the world cup. Its about current form and ability to deliver. Nsofor scored d vital goal that qualified us for Brazil but the coach didnt take him to Brazil cos he was not in good form.

  • any thinking coach must go wit obuehi to the world cup. young and full of energy, not to talk of his skill and sense of football. He is far far better than ejichilele at the moment.

  • ojo samuel 4 years ago

    like seriously…i have been vouching for this current se to do well at the world cup cos they are so young,vibrant and passionate but i will be extremely disappointed if echiejile, m.agu and that baskethand akpeyi makes the world cup roster. with the way coach rohr is going…he might ruin things.i don’t knw why he still keep on inviting akpeyi..he has wasted his chances instead he should have tried ejide or aiyenugba or even young nwokolor. yobo destroyed us in brazil and it seems echiejile might be the man of this moment 2018 in russia. i will be highly dissapointed if one of aina, idowu, shehu and ebuehi is dropped for that old cargo…

  • ojo samuel 4 years ago

    my own prefered world cup squad will be
    GK:dele aiyenugba, francis uzoho and ezenwa
    DEF: brian idowu,ola aina,shehu,tyrion ebuehi,leon balogun,troost ekong,chidozie awaziem/kenneth omeruo
    MID: captain m.obi ,w.ndidi ,j.obi ,o.onazi ,o.etebo, a.iwobi
    FOR: moses simon, v.moses,onyekuru/samuel kalu, a.musa, junior ajayi
    STRIKERS: k.iheanacho, o.ighalo/b.ideye/o.martins

  • Darny Arts Anthony 4 years ago

    My SE first eleven

    GK- Francis Uzoho

    DF- Tyronne Ebuehi, WTroost Ekong, Leon Balogun, Bryan Idowu

    MF- Mikel Obi, Joel Obi, Wilfred Ndidi

    ATT- Victor Moses, Moses Simon, Odion Ighalo

    SUBS. Ezenwa, Alampasu, Iwobi, Aina, Iheanacho, Abdullahi, Awaziem, Agu, Ogu, Musa, Etebo.

  • @omonaija u don’t work with YouTube videos to pick a team,really Ike uche,the guy plays for a third division team in Spain,dessers Is finding it hard to play in Holland,d only realistic Name dat I feel maybe Rohr can give a chance is obafemi martins.