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I forget my problems playing football-Ex-FUTA student

By Mercy Idiase
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An upcoming footballer and a diploma holder in Sports Science from Federal University Technology Akure (FUTA),  Nelson Mercy has narrated how playing football makes him to forget his problems.

Nelson, who stated this during a chat with The Sporting Hope at the Ondo State  Sports complex Akure, said he got interested in Football at a very tender age of seven.

According to him, “I love football because I have passion for it , football was never forced on me, as some parents are  currently doing , at a point my choice of football was about to cause division in our house , my mum was against my choice while my Dad supported me.”

“Because of the division my choice of football have caused family, I thought within my self that I have to satisfy my parents by not  allowing my football career to disturb my education, because my mum wants me to go to school .

I have diploma in sports science in Federal University Technology and I am hoping to further my education to please my mum.

There are lots of former Nigeria footballers  who are graduates , the likes of Vincent Enyeama, Seyi Olofinjana are graduates.

“I am not happy because my dream and vision has not yet been actualised , I’m still working hard to make my dream come through, I build my confidence through self motivation because I love what I’m doing .”

Nelson added that Zinadine Zidane and Thiery Henry were the footballers that motivate him most , but I chose Marcelo Vieira as my role model because of his attacking prowess while my favourite football team is Manchester united.

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“I have been playing active football in the last fourteen years, I played for Rising Stars in 2015, Moyero FC Owo in 2017.”

“I love football to the extent that I can never  trade football for any other sports because I see it has the best sports, it gives me joy.”

According to the little Messi as he is fondly called by his admirers , “I only train on weekdays, during my off field training I try to improve my skills in web design”.

“The  best football moment I will never forget was when I scored a spectacular goal in a crucial match that qualified my team for the next round of the competition.

“My goal is to become a world football star, but sometimes things might not go the way you planned it,  I will continue to strive hard to achieve my goal of becoming football star , like Lionel Messi, Christian Ronaldo and other successful players” .

He therefore advised the younger ones out there to put God first in everything they are doing, adding that they should be determined, humble and be hardworking.

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