Congratulations To Kano Pillars Football Club, But…By Rabiu Shamma
Kano Pillars FC of Kano, ‘sai masu gida’, today emerged as champions of the Nigeria Professional Football league (NPFL) for the second consecutive season, securing the title in the last match day of the season and the 3rd league crown of the team overall. Congratulations to the team and the entire people of Kano State, we are worthy champions indeed, but that is not my main focus in this article.
Although Kano Pillars is now an acclaimed international club, with players from different parts of the country and neighboring countries like Niger and cameroun but the majority of the team’s players are indigenes of the state who have been playing as true professionals, playing football as a source of income or rather as a career.
Players Agency is one area of business that has great potential, but which we are yet to realise in this part of the country especially in Kano, which I have an interest to soon delve into, not only for the monetary benefits but also as a humanitarian work because football is now a big enterprise and it brings many hitherto poor families out of poverty but which despite our pool of talent in this area we are yet to yield the full fruits of the game in providing befitting employment for our teeming youth playing football in the streets.
The game of football as professional sport is a short career, that is why it is important for one to realize his dream early and which without proper mentoring, counseling and nurturing one will waste the talent playing in the streets as it is with most boys in Kano, who unfortunately mostly dedicate their youthful years without investing in other areas like schooling or learning trade because of the natural love they have for the game and also lack of interest or the required skill in any other meaningful work.
I can boast that I have an eye for talent, in football and other areas even though I played the game intermittently as a defender playing in my area with the likes of Bashir Suleiman Djemba Djemba, Mubarak Danbaba, Sani Kaita (Nigeria International) etc but which I have to abandoned to concentrate on my University studies.
We hope that this win for Kano Pillars will open doors to more opportunities for our young boys to fulfill their dreams of becoming professional footballers, as with our population and the talents we have there is no reason to be what we are today, with only a handful of professional footballers of Kano origin plying their trade in the NPFL and in the diaspora.
It is not all of us that must be engineers, lawyers, traders, doctors, economists or political scientist, we can also have professional footballers contributing in salvaging our youth against the shackles of poverty in Kano and beyond.
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