Why My Football Career Crashed -Adukwu

Nothing is permanent in life, but change is the only factor that has sustained what could be called a reputation for constancy.
This philosophical assertion relates well with how the Chief Coach of Bayelsa Queens Football Club of Yenagoa, Moses Opuamowei Adukwu described the life he once lived as a professional footballer.
At this time of the year when everyone is in great expectant mood for celebrations, Adukwu is reflecting on his playing days when he starred for top clubs in the country including the Lagos darling team; Stationery Stores Football Club.
Adukwu told eyeonthesports.com that he has crossed many turbulent rivers before some circumstances changed his lifestyle.
“I was living an unrighteous life during my playing days. This is the first time I will make this public, but I need to because I’m a new person now”, the former Flying Eagles and U-23 Olympic team player told eyeonthesports.com.
Adukwu continued: “I thought I was enjoying myself, playing for the Super Stores and other big clubs, and my performance earned me several invitations to the national teams.
“But despite receiving thousands of dollars as camp allowances and bonuses as a national team player back then, I was not happy because of my unrighteous lifestyle”.
Unlike his former teammates such as Joseph Yobo, Justice Christopher and Julius Aghahowa, to mention just a few, who later made it big in the game, Adukwu, who was a utility player for Nigeria during the Nigeria ’99 FIFA U-20 World Cup, said he called it quits with football unceremoniously.
“I ended my football career a frustrated man without achieving my dream because I was neither on the side of God nor with Satan. I was just in the middle and lived a carefree life”, Adukwu told eyeonthesports.com, adding; “I think all these happened to me because I was not from a Christian home”.
When it appeared that playing in the Nigeria Professional League at that time was a jinx, Adukwu packed his kits and departed the shores of the country for greener pastures abroad.
“When I tried everything and nothing seems to be working positively for me in Nigeria, I travelled and found myself undergoing trials in Dubai but no single club signed me. I moved to Lebanon but still did not get any club to sign me.
“I asked the officials why? All they were telling was; ‘Moses, you are a good player and we have nothing against you. But we can’t sign you’. It was then I knew I had a spiritual problem.
“So, when I got to my hotel in Lebanon, this strange feeling overpowered me, and my eyes were opened that I needed Jesus Christ in my life. That was how I had an encounter with God and I’m a happy man today because I know God”, said Adukwu, who also had a brief stint with Enyimba International Football club of Aba before retiring to become a coach.
Adukwu disclosed that things have been getting better for him since the day he encountered God, and has therefore extended the gesture to the youths and the young girls in his club, saying; “I just want to warn the youths to learn from my own experience, they should serve God in their youths because that’s the only way they can make it early in life”.
Despite all odds, Adukwu still recalls some sweet memories; “I will not forget my days at Stores, especially in 1996, which was my best season. We played for the fans who appreciated us with their presence anywhere we played that time”.
Despite being converted, another major challenge facing Adukwu has to do with his current job as coach of a female club, a terrain where sex scandals reign supreme in football.
“I have no problems in that area because I’m a child of God. Although I will confess that it is easier with the males but more tasking to coach female players. It takes the Grace of God and discipline to lead them. The ladies rarely obey camp rules and it takes them time to assimilate tactics. But I’m coping well because I handle my players just like my own sisters and they know that discipline is my watchword, so they have no choice than to obey our camp regulations”.
“I’m appealing to the authorities to revive female football in Nigeria. A major problem confronting female football league in the country is lack of sponsorship. The club managements also need to fulfil terms of contracts reached with their players. The teams are struggling to survive because they play in virtually empty stadia”, the Bayelsa Queens Coach said.
Adukwu, who was born in Bayelsa on 10 October, 1980, obtained his Basic Coaching Certificate (2007) and Advanced Certificate (2009) at the National Institute For Sports, NIS.
He started his coaching career at Bayelsa City Football Academy between 2006-2007, coached Bayelsa United FC Feeder Team between 2007-2009 and led them to gain promotion from Amateur two one in 2008, before he joined Bayelsa Queens FC as Chief Coach from 2010 till date.
He led the Queens to the fourth and fifth positions in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons respectively.
Adukwu also played for Nigerdock Football Club and Nitel Football Club both of Lagos before he retired from football.


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