Will Europe based Nigerian Footballers ever support grassroots sports development in Nigeria.
Football in Europe is very thriving as a business, much more reason why every local footballer always dream about lacing their boots for top European clubs.
Some even go as far as playing among second division clubs, even though they have what it takes to play for a division one club in Europe.
But unfortunately, many, which is much consistent among Nigerian professional footballers in Europe easily forget how they got to where they are now.
Forgetting that to every successful personality, giving back is an attitude that needs no bargain neither a negotiation, to unite them with people or persons that may not have the fortunate access to stardom which they benefited from.
This is terribly an aspect that is killing the Nigerian football and sports development generally within the country as everyone seems to be for himself alone and their people of interest.
Unfortunately, this is not happening in other countries of the world, most importantly in nations where we have the likes of Leo Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Steven Gerrard and notably Mario Balotelli who has been donating part of his allowance, to the children in Africa who variably lack one need or the other. Particularly, in the area of education and medical care.
The question to be asked is still the same as the headline, will Europe based Nigerian footballers ever support grassroot sports development in the country? We all need to ponder on this particularly to those who are primarily concerned.
It is to knowledge, what the likes of Ivorian, Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure, Didier Drogba, Cameroonian Samuel Etoo and Togolese top footballer Emmanuel Adebayor are all doing to give back in their various countries.
What can we say in Nigeria about our very own Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo, Kenneth Omeruo, Carl Ikeme and others?
Some of them we do know have, personal businesses, in the country.
But this is a clarion call to all of them to wake up to being patriotic, by giving back to the younger generation of footballers coming behind them at grassroots level.
In conclusion, this is to say, we are not making any progress in our football, until we are able to produce another Rashidi Yekini, Austin Okocha, Finidi George, Mikel Obi e.t.c.
Now is the time to think and prepare for the future ahead, think grassroots, think of giving back to where you belong, not just about today but definitely in preparation for our tomorrow.
Author: Dare Gbadebo is the publisher with the trademark darebaba.net is a versatile writer who had his media training based on photography at PEFTI film institute and has written for many top media houses in Nigeria. Stay tuned for your favorite celebrity news political updates and paparazzi.
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