Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Popular NSUK Footballer Turns Down International Deal In Favour of Academics

|•By: Divinelove Udorji| 10th January, 2018

A popular footballer in Nasarawa State University, Keffi has done the unthinkable and the unimaginable. The talented footballer just recently turned down a football deal worth millions of pounds in a top flight European club.

In a country where millions of youngsters would give everything in order to realise their dream of playing for their beloved football team but for this youngster reverse seems to be the case. 

Ibrahim Oyetola is a final year student of Public Adminstration Department in NSUK,  who in a bid to pursue his cherished academic degree declined the offer of playing professional football because his quest for a professional football career meant that he had to drop out of school when he was already a final year student. 

There is however no golden rule when it comes to deciding which path is best for you, for Ibrahim his passion to acquire quality education has indeed proven to be bigger than money. His educational pursuit seem to be the beacon of light for him.
Speaking extensively to this reporter, Ibrahim revealed that his immense love for education was his driving force and his optimum reason for rejecting the deal despite how mouthwatering and gigantic it was.

"Several youths have abandoned their education just to chase football but at the end they didn't make a dime from footballer. Another typical example is the current President of Liberia, George Weah who was a professional and a famous footballer in the world but was denied the presidency of his country just because he lacked education. The importance of education in life cannot to be equated to the frenzy for money". He said

He also noted that his love for education supersedes the craving to amasse quick wealth; "as quality education offered in NSUK is the type nobody can get elsewhere in the world", stressing that football could fade after a while but the knowledge he acquires now would forever remain with him.

When asked if his family and friends were antagonist about him dumping such a mouthwatering deal for education; he said; "my family was okay with it but my friends and football mates were not, but recently they seem to have come to terms with it".

"However, I plan on pursuing my football career after I graduate". He added

Ibrahim has indeed become a source of motivation and succor for young footballers who are caught in the web of abandoning their education to chase professional footballing, as many of them now view his determination, zeal and passion for education as an incredible feat and have in great way kept them motivated to also pursue their education.

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