….As Footballers Union Proposes Pension Scheme
Ex-International including, a member of the history making 1983 Flying Eagles squad, Tajudeen Disu have lamented poor treatment of retired football stars by the country, as the defunct , Abiola Babes of Abeokuta goal-tender and Gateway United
of Abeokuta former goal keeper trainer, Raymond King was buried over the weekend in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
Disu who played alongside with the Late Raymond King as captain at the defunct Abiola Babes of Abeokuta, reaching four consecutive finals in the Nigeria’s prestigious Challenge Cup between 1984 and 1987 and winning in 1985 and 1987 , told
Sports Day in an exclusive interview during the burial in Abeokuta, that most of ex-sports men and women had not been treatment.
“Ex-players or sports men and women are not treated well in this country, Nigeria should learn how to treat ex-international with respect, a little care for those who had played for this country, goes a long way to appreciate them, the system does not work for us ,having served this great country”, he stated.
Tajudeen Disu, who was also secondary days friend of the Late Raymond King and played with him in the YSFON team in the late 70s and early 80s and later in the Eagles, however advised footballers to think of their future and plan for it” As a player you should think about your self , because Nigeria will not help you, you have take your destiny into your hands.”
He promised to continue to assist young footballers to develop their skills through his catch-them programmes aim at discovering and exposing the talented players abroad and ensuring better future for them.
Also Stationer Stores of Lagos tactician and Flying Eagles mate, Loveday Omoruyi desccribed the situation as pathetic, stressing that politicians had taken over the runing of Nigeria’s , leaving ex-International with the likes of Mathematical. Chief Segun Odegbami and other stars with no voice,” This country does not worth it , those playing now must plan for their future”
Meanwhile Nigeria Footballers Union’s scrib, Austne Popo disturbed about the not encouraging environment for retired players , said the union was working closely with a pension fund management company to establish a pension scheme that would take care of medical expenses and other needs of ex-international.
Popo who blamed most death of ex-players on poor welfare package, accused administrators of the game for owing -footballers and coaches several months of salary and leaving them in penury” Our football administrators don’t care about footballers ,only interested in result”
Ogun State Football Association’s Chairman, Alhaji Majekodunmi described the death as a great loss to the Nigeria’s Football family ,particularly the state, promising to welcome any initiative to immortalise the Late Legend ,Raymond King while expressing appreciation for the State Government moral and financial support to the former goal keeper Shooting Stars of Ibadan.