Sunday, 27 September 2020 00:51

Why ex-internationals’ children don’t play for Nigeria— Etim Esin

Etim Esin, who in his day was so skillful a footballer he was dubbed African Maradona, has said former Super Eagles players’ children are not following in their fathers’ footsteps because enough had not been done to reward service to the nation.

He said this in an interview with The Cable.

In the interview, Etim Esin said lack of safety nets such as health insurance or trust fund have led to the loss of ex-internationals, naming Keshi, Rashidi Yekini, Sam Okwaraji, Muda Lawal, Ekarika, Okafor and Thompson Oliha.

His words: “We haven’t done badly, but in terms of making sure that the labours of our heroes past are not in vain, we have not done enough. The labours of our heroes past are in vain.

“Look at John Fashanu. He still gets his benefits because he played for England. We should put our house in order and see what we can do for our ex-sportsmen and women who at one point in time represented this country; be it welfare or trust fund.

“Have you seen any son of ex-internationals following the footsteps of their father at all? If you go to Ghana you see two of Abedi Pele’s sons playing for Ghana. “That is why Odegbami, Owolabi and other top ex-internationals would rather advise their children to embrace education instead of becoming footballers.

“My take is for us to make the right changes by putting a bill forward at the national assembly and deliberate over this because once it becomes a law, it is binding.”

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