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Why Are African Legends Like Okocha, Kanu Or Eto’o Not Coaching Local Clubs Like Their European Counterparts But Investing On Gambling Sites

Think of the biggest sports betting site in African and you will be so surprised that some of them are owned by former footballers who made millions playing for the biggest clubs in Europe.

Superstars like Jay Jay Okacha, Kanu Kwankwo, Samuel Eto’o just to mention a few are all investing in gambling rather transiting to management like their European counterparts. Sadly, some of them who should’ve retired 7 or 5 years ago and get their coaching badge are still forcing themselves to play.

The likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Yaya Toure, Solomon Kalu and 25 others just don’t to retire and manage their local clubs who really need their experience and expertise.

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This legends have refused to follow the path of South America legends especially Brazilians and Argentineans who returned home after their European exploits to take charge of their local leagues and made it famous.

Today, people watch Boca Juniors, River Plate or São Paulo { which Dani Alves currently play in despite winning 40 trophies including 9 European trophies, the second highest in football history}. His presence there have invited Investors who pay to televise him and others while European scouts come to watch and take promising stars to Europe.

Why can’t African legends do the same for their local leagues? In Nigeria alone, the biggest sports betting sites are either owned or popularized by the nation’s legends. Bet 9ja, Sporting Bet, Bet King, Bet Farm, Naira Stalk and so many of them are either owned or made popular by football idols who youths look up to.

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The get rich quick scheme have seen promising footballers abandon the game altogether and instead focus on gambling..

Youths who should’ve been managed by African leagues in the various local leagues are busy betting their hard earned earnings to win once in a life time millions while their European or South America counterparts are training hard and earning thousands of pounds playing football.

Sadly, even the former teammates of the Nigeria {African} legends are now managing the biggest clubs in Europe.

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Zinedine Zidane, Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, Diego Simone, Mikel Arteta, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and so many others were once teammates of African legends or opposition players but today, they’re the once African youths are looking upto and hoping to play for them one day..

The youths in Africa are hoping to be managed by the likes of Mikel Arteta in Arsenal whereas they’ve the likes of Samuel Eto’o, Victor Ikebe, Obafemi Martins or Samuel Gyan who have completely ignored the African league to either do business or invest in Betting Sites.

This trend must stop and African legends must learn to love their own league, manage it and in turn, it will attract world class investors which will grow African football.

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