“Raphael was a well-rounded striker who was never afraid of any opponent. He was the perfect definition of a striker who knew his craft. I enjoyed playing alongside him because of his great work ethic,” according to Mambush. Aside from playing in South Africa, Chukwu also plied his trade in his native homeland Nigeria, as well as playing in clubs located in Italy and Turkey. One notable trait Chukwu possessed throughout his career was the burning desire to always be on the winning side.
“During my playing days, I always disliked the idea of losing games. That was not part of my DNA because I always wanted to succeed on the pitch. One current player I share that trait with is Andile Jali. Like me, you can always see how unhappy Jali is whenever he loses a game.” Chukwu hails from the South-Eastern part of Nigeria, a region that is well known for its distinct cultures and traditions, cuisines, customary attires, and much more. These diversities of African cultures are what excites Chukwu the most.
We extend our salutations to our legendary Striker in his mother tongue (Igbo Language). Chukwu, Odogwu Nwoke, Na You Biko! (which translates to: Chukwu, you will always remain a hero. Our hat goes off to you).