13th October, 2010
Flying Eagles Coach, John Obuh, has made a shocking revelation about his life.
Before he attained fame and fortune as a National football coach, Obuh was forced to ply the roads of Abuja, Nigeriaâ€™s capital city, as a taxi driver to make ends meet.
â€œI lost my job as Kashimawo Lalokoâ€™s personal assistant at the Technical Department of the Nigeria Football Association then,â€ Obuh told SuperSport.com.
â€œTo ensure my family did not starve, I had to become a kabu kabu (Taxi cab ) driver. Things were really hard for me at that time. I was served a letter by Fanny Amun telling me I had been sacked by the NFA (now Nigeria Football Federation). And this was after I had worked tirelessly for the Federation without pay for twelve months,â€ he said.
Obuh, who was also a former professional footballer, delved into the fashion world as cash became tighter.
â€œMoney was at a premium and I went into tailoring. I was making clothes, even for the NFF and at a point people forgot I had anything to do with football. They were always referring to me as â€˜tailorâ€™, it was funny,â€ he said.
Obuh has risen through the ranks over the years and went on to tinker the Golden Eaglets to a second place finish at the Nigeria 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
â€œI always advise upcoming coaches never to give up irrespective of the odds they face on their way up.
“You cannot attain success if you do not face challenges, so I always advise them to keep a cool head and work hard at all times,â€ he said
Obuh will lead Nigeria Premier League side, Sharks F.C. of Port Harcourt to Abidjan this weekend for a third round, second leg WAFU club championship tie against Stella Club dâ€™Ajdame of Cote d’Ivoire.