Poverty May Force Me Out Of Football


Gafar Lasisi is one of the best players in Mageeco Football Club of Agege. Lasisi, who was adjudged the Most Valuable Player in the just concluded Orile Agege Chairman’s Cup, spoke about the challenges facing his football career with Grassroots Soccer Guide

You have played for Mageeco Football Club for some time now, are you satisfied or thinking of leaving the club?

Of course. Every player wants to move to the next level Presently, I’m with Mageeco until I get an offer from any professional club in Nigeria.

How many years have you spent with Mageeco?

I have spent five years with the club and I am happy that throughout my stay, I have won some laurels for the club.

What are your achievements with the club?

I won the Akintoye Cup in 2009, after we defeated Elere Bombers 2-1 and the club went ahead to win the recent Orile Agege Chairman’s Cup.

Your team were on the verge of losing the final of Orile Agege Chairman’s Cup to Spartan FC before you got the equaliser and went ahead to win, what’s the motivation?

That’s the best game I have played for my club in five years. I scored the equaliser when all our fans had lost the hope. The match was tension soaked, and thank goodness, we came out victorious in the penalty shootout.

As a young player, what are the challenges confronting you in your career?

I have been battling with so many challenges. Firstly, I don’t have good kits to train. At times, I find it difficult to go for ttraining because I don’t have any sponsor. I even find it difficult to go to other states for trials because of the financial problem. It’s tough really.

So, what are you doing to solve these challenges?

Honestly, I may quit football if the financial challenges continue.

Most of the grassroots players are playing football in abject poverty, so I may call it quits if I don’t see any changes in the next one or two years.

However, I want to thank the Director of Mageeco F C, Prince Akeem Ayobamidele, who is always there for me anytime I need his assistance.

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