Tuesday, July 23, 2019


The Abia State Governor, Victor Okezie Ikpeazu was on Monday, July 22, 2019 received a Super Eagles Star, Samuel Chukwueze in government house Umuahia for returning from the Africa Nations Cup and other teammates with a bronze medal. 

Governor congratulated him and advised him to take his training very serious, because he has all it takes to be the best player in the world that he has watched him play. 

Governor Ikpeazu made him to understand that the only thing that will destroy his career is proud and not forget where he's coming from, his poor parents. 

“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 it 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. Players like Tarila Okoronwanta and Etim Esin. Remain humble. Remember where you are coming from, your poor parents. Stay safe in Europe. Avoid drugs and drinking”. 

“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. I saw a former prominent footballer in Aba two weeks ago and all he could boast of was a bicycle. I felt very sad indeed. 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,” Governor stated.

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