By Angi Michael Kerter
An up-and-coming football player, Mzuuga Tyoyongo, who plays for Miracles Football Academy, Adagi in Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State, has lamented the level at which talented footballers playing in the rural areas are wasting away in the state.
Tyoyongo who made his position known in a chat with The Voicesports recently, explained that, “most of the teams that we play for, lack sponsorship which is the fundamental aspect of sporting activities”.
The 26 years old Miracles Football Academy playmaker said, “We organize for transportation and equip ourselves with the facilities that we need in each of the game that we want to play, not to talk of salaries or allowances and this makes most of the players to lose interest in sporting activities and events especially football”.
He further stated that, “there are also some parents or guardians who consider football as a waste of time, energy and available resources; despite the passion, zeal and enthusiasm, and love for which some youths have for sports and that as a young boy growing up, playing in the domestic league for a club like Lobi Stars FC and for my country Nigeria has always been my top priority but it seems all my dreams are shattered now since there’s no encouragement.
The Kwande born attacking midfielder however, pleaded with the government, corporate bodies, religious leaders, traditional rulers and other top politicians, who had the interest of the youths at heart, to support them financially so that they would make their dreams a reality.
Tyoyongo said if that was done, the youths would be engaged and it would go a long way by taking the youths off the streets.