Want-away Gbenga Arokoyo Gives Back to His Root
Nigeria international and Mjallby defender Gbenga Arokoyo has donated a pack of complete jersey and five grade A-balls to Saint Augustine College Kabba’s Football team in Lokoja, Kogi State.
The Kogi-born defender who hails from Kabba in the Western district senatorial of Kogi state plies his football career in Sweden and have played two successive seasones with the top league outfit, Mjallby scoring a goal since joining in early January, 2012.
Speaking with newsmen in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, Arokoyo who was a former student and player of the College disclosed the guesture was in view of “giving back to his root” remembering where he garnered his playing career.
The Brazil 2014 World Cup hopeful admitted that he decided to contribute his qouta to encourage and support the discovery of young football talents at the College.
“I am glad contributing my widows mite to the course to develop football and encourage talents – Saint Augustine is my alma-matter and for this i think its necessary to give back to the society where we have got from. I believe the pack of jersey and five balls when judious used will aid the school team in trainings and reduce cost of acquiring high-quality balls.
“I will wish to use this medium to plead with our politicians, government officials at all levels to support the course of development football talents to becoming World’s stars for the future,” the one-time captain of Kwara Football Academy and Kwara United Football Club defender advocated.
While expressing delight at the growing trend in talents discovery in Kogi State, the uncapped twice Super Eagles’ invitee urged well-to-do individuals, organisations and governments at all levels to use the development of football and sports in general as a viable means of empowering and engaging the youths as such products could become national heroes.
Arokoyo, was an integral part of the Nigeria’s U-20 male national team, Flying Eagles that won the U-20 CAF African Youth Championship under Coach Sam John Obuh in South Africa in 2011, a then teammate of Chelsea and Super Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo.