By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Ibom Angels center-back who recently completed her National Youth Service, NYSC, Victoria Ime Eyakndue said that education is very important not only to female footballers but also the society at large. She said this during an exclusive interview with kick442.com
“Well, I can say education is of great importance not only to female footballers but the society at large because it plays a vital role in giving more light and information about everything. I have been able to successfully combine both education and football, though it wasn’t easy at first but with the drive and passion I have for both, I was able to conquer through by God’s Grace. It’s not that easy but I succeeded through God’s Grace, my passion and determination.” She told kick442.com
The former Dynamite Babes FC of Kaduna said that her parents have been supportive ensuring that she achieve her feat in football and academics.
“I started football at a very tender age, first on the streets and driven by the passion for it, took it as a career. I would say at first it wasn’t that easy owing to the fact that I was the only female child of my parents in the family of four, but now I can say they are very supportive and believe so much in me.”
Victoria Eyakndue, who studied Fine and Industrial Arts at the University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, advised her fellow players in the Nigeria Women Football League, NWFL, to embrace education so that they will have something to fall on after their football career.
“My advice to my fellow NWFL players is that they should embrace education as a light to success in their career though both needs time, concentration and hard work which can be achieved through full determination, so at the end, they can always have something to still fall back to after their career years.” She concluded.
Victoria Eyakndue joins the league of players in the Nigerian league that is combining education with their football career. The duo of Sandra Johnosi and Regina Omede are in the same league as some players continue to diversify their potential along the academic line.
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