Ex- footballer, Tajudeen Disu has applauded the organizers of the annual Copa Coca Cola for ensuring that Nigerian youths are able to actualize their dreams of playing football along with their education.
Disu who disclosed this in Owerri on Tuesday during the Copa Coca Cola U15 zonal playoffs said that thorough the competition young ones now know that if they concentrate on their schooling they could realize their dream of becoming a footballer in the future.
“Kudos must go to Coca Cola for organizing this laudable programme for the youths. Dreams are better nurtured when you see someone that can help you actualize it. Coca Cola doing this means the company wants these children to actualize their dreams. We keep telling them that they must seize opportunities like this. They must also be discipline because without it you can’t achieve anything. It has happened to some of us. Listen to your coaches,” Disu told Goal.
“We have come to let them know that they can actually combine education with football. We had also gone through similar experience. I for example was discovered in competition like this before I played for the Flying Eagles and later for the senior national team. We need to let them know that they must take their education seriously.”
The younger brother of Tunde Disu also pointed out that students must be very disciplined and ensure that they are focused on their education so that they can have something to fall back on by the time they are done with their football career and he admonished them not to make similar mistake made by some of his colleagues in the past who solely concentrated on football.
“I was able to get scholarship from late Dr. MKO Abiola while I was playing for Abiola Babes and I travelled out of the country. We have come to tell them that they must not abandon classes for football. If you look at the case of some ex-internationals today, some of them have died unjustly because after football they didn’t have something else to fall back on. But when you have your certificate no one can talk anyhow to you, Disu concluded.