The President of Goldashe United Football Club of Port Harcourt, Mr. Fubara Kingsley Hart has charged Nigerians to imbibe the culture of caring and nurturing sportsmen and women who made the country proud in their heydays.
Speaking during the End-Of-Month-Friendly-Contest of the club which held at their training pitch in Rivers State University of Science and Technology,Port Harcourtlast weekend, the President said it was imperative to celebrate our sports heroes who used their God-given talents for the benefit of society.
The event which was staged in honour of Mr. Cyril Levi, a former captain of Iwuanyanwu Nationale Fooball Club of Owerri and a member of the Eagles team that featured at the 1988 Pre Olympic Tournament inSeoul,South Koreafeatured a friendly match against the Bonny All Stars FC.
Mr. Fubara Kingsley Hart frowned at the situation where sportsmen used the most active moments of their lives for the service of humanity only to retire in penury.
He cited the case of the late former international, Rashidi Yekini whose death brought to the fore, the plight of heroes abandoned when care was most needed.
"The case of Rashidi Yekini opened the eyes of every Nigerian on the need to nurture and care for our sports heroes when they are retired. People were saying all kinds of things about Yekini after his death. A man who was abandoned to excruciating poverty and pains could be likened to a mad man, and that's why many, apparently associated him with having gone mad" Fubara Kingsley Hart said.
The Goldashe President who is the Director of Finance and Administration at the Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt called on good spirited individuals and corporate organisation to take the challenge and save such exceptional sportsmen and women from suffering after serving the nation.
Mr. Hart said he aligned with Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom who equally drummed the clarion call when he received a civil society group in Uyo recently.
Mr. Fubara Kingsley Hart said Goldashe would continue to honour more heroes, describing Cyril Levi as an outstanding player whose role in Iwuanyanwu took the club to higher glories.