NPFL players must have patience to succeed, says Garba Lawal

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The ex-international has urged players in the country's topflight division to stay determined and persevere to attain career success

Former Nigeria international Garba Lawal believes Nigeria Professional Football League players can make a career breakthrough if they remain focused and have the spirit of patience.

Following the surprise switch of Ezekiel Bassey from Enyimba to Barcelona II in January, the former Super Eagles star insists players can actualize their dreams in Nigeria if they shun fraudulent agents.

“The important thing for most players is that they need to remain focused,” Lawal told Goal.

“I watch the local leagues very. Most of them get carried away by agents. During our time, we don’t have agents - maybe that’s why we concentrated playing good football.

“Some of the agents sway them with their sweet mouths and they follow them. As a player, you should know what you want. Let them talk, but you focus on playing what you’ve been playing.

“Don’t leave what you have and thinking of grabbing what is not possible. Hold on to what you have. If you’re here, you stay and keep trying to your best.

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“If you keep listening to those agents who promise to take you to this or that country – you will just get yourself distracted for nothing. 

“Football is all about time and opportunity. If the time comes, that opportunity you have will make a way for you.

“But if it is yet to come, remain calm. Patience is very difficult but very important and with it, you will succeed.”