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Ikpeba: Youngsters Must Put Effort Before Money

Former Super Eagles striker, Victor Nosa Ikpeba (The Prince of Monaco) has come out with a charge to Nigerian youngsters hoping to take up a career in football to ensure they do not make money the priority of their projections.

Speaking against the backdrop of several rookies that featured for the Eagles’ in Tuesday’s 2-2 friendly draw away to Ukraine, the 1997 African Footballer of The Year said he was happy that many the lads who donned Nigeria’s colour showed high levels of fighting spirit, which he says is the right attitude all young players must adopt.

The Atlanta ’96 Olympic Games gold medalist went on to affirm that attitude, determination, dedication and commitment are the basic values that any emergent footballer should adopt, which he says would downplay the essence of money as a pivotal fo0undation for the game.

While acknowledging that no one will play for free and that football is a money-spinning venture globally, Ikpeba stressed that the starting point for any young aspiring player should not be what he stands to gain in terms of financial benefits, but the honour and pride he will get from it.

Ikpeba added in a chat with Brila FM: “My advice for young players is that must not think first about money, but the effort they want to put into playing football.

‘”Even when young players are going abroad, they should not first think of the money they want to make. Yes, we know they want to make money, but they should work for it. They should take the bull by the horn with effort and determination, and the sky will be the limit.”

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