By Alfred Agudiebube
Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu on Monday at the Government House in Umuahia, advised Super Eagles flying winger, Samuel Chukwueze, to remain humble and focused as talent is not enough to push him to stardom.
Ikpeazu who welcomed the bronze winning winger who paid him a courtesy visit used the opportunity to remind the flying him that football career doesn’t last long and urged him to invest his earnings wisely.
The Spain based Abia born dazzling winger paid a courtesy visit to the governor, to mark his return from the Total African Nations Cup 2019 in Egypt where he and his teammates won bronze medal for Nigeria.
He congratulated the youngster for making himself, his family and the people of Abia State proud, advised him to remain humble, avoid being misled by a momentary feeling of triumph.
In his words, “You are a young man with prodigious talent. But you must know that talent can showcase you but you need to work very hard to remain at the top. Talent is not enough to keep you at the very top of your game for too long.
“You must work extra hard. You must take your trainings seriously. You must be humble. You must respect your coaches and take their instructions seriously. If training is by 6pm, get there at 5. This is no longer your days at Umuahia.
“This is professional soccer, a career that has the potential of making you a multi millionaire. You must take if very seriously. You have all it takes to become the best player in the world. I have watched you play and I mean what I am saying.
“The easiest way to destroy your career is to become proud of what you think you have achieved. Once pride sets in, you are finished. I have seen players…good players who had the world at their feet but pride didn’t allow them excel. Remain humble. Remember where you are coming from, your poor parents.”
“One more area you must take very seriously is the area of managing your resources. Soccer brings a lot of money. You will earn millions in hard currency. How you manage the money will determine a lot in your life.
“Football career is like a flower that blossoms in the morning and withers in the evening. You cannot play football beyond a certain age. As a University teacher, I can remain at work till almost 70 but a footballer cannot.
“You must invest wisely in ventures that can guarantee you good returns. Employ good investment advisors. I have seen ex footballers who were very good and made lots of money but are begging for food today.
“Invest your money wisely my son and you will be happy for it. On behalf of the government and people of Abia State, we thank you for making us proud and welcome you back from Egypt and pray the good Lord to grant you a successful and injury free soccer career.”
Chukwueze presented the Governor with his Super Eagles jersey, the bronze medal he won and the prize he won as the Man of the Match between the Super Eagles and the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.
FROM THE TOWER OF TRUTH