By Ambrose Ologide
WARRI/Nigeria: An Ovwian born former midfield maestro, Emmanuel Egbetah, has proven that Nigerian youths are not lazy and idle as he is amongst one of those commercial bus drivers plying Hausa Quarters Warri to Effurun Roundabout on daily bases.
The young former football star who is in his 30s, in a chat with our reporter explained that he took to driving commercial bus after he suffered an ailment that prevented him from playing football.
He said that he had tried both orthodox and traditional medicine to cure the ailment but to no avail.
Ogbetah who said that he often indulge in physical exercises and gymnastics before going to work, stated that after spending over a season without playing football, he decided to throw in the towel so as not to be idle.
He therefore appealed to the Delta State Sports Commission to give him a coaching job to groom the younger generation in the round leather game of soccer.
Ogbetah, who had a National Diploma Certificate in Computer Science from the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun, started his professional carrier in football with Invincible Leopard Football Club of Warri in 1997 and later played for Delta Power Stars of Ughelli and NEPA Football Club of Abuja.
According to him, he later went abroad and played professional football for various clubs for four seasons.
Upon his return to Nigeria, he played for Kwara United Football Club of Ilorin, Bayelsa United Football Club of Yenagoa, Dolphins Football Club of Port Harcourt, Niger Tornadoes Football Club of Minna, Kaduna United Football Club of Kaduna, Enugu Rangers Football Club of Enugu and Giwa United Football Club.
Emmanuel Egbetah won the national challenge cup at various times with Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt, Bayelsa United FC, Niger Tornadoes of FC and Kwara United FC.