Nigerian ex-international and chairman of the Bauchi State Football Association, Mr. Patrick Pascal has urged other ex-internationals to be role model to the people around them.
He stated this at the final of the Nigeria Volleyball Premier League at the Indoor Hall of the Package B of the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja.
Mr. Pascal who also doubles as the Super Eagles Team Coordinator disclosed that he is not happy with the way some of the ex-internationals parade themselves.
He claimed that some of them move from state to state to meet with the governors and get taken care of but fail to fight for their junior colleagues (players) who have not been paid salaries and allowances for months.
His words, “The only platform the ex-internationals have is where they discuss how to move from state to state to meet with governors and others, play novelty matches. It is not actually a serious forum, even if you have a serious forum, who are the people that are there.”
He continued, “You have negative mind always, you claimed to have played football for Nigeria, and you move from one state to another playing novelty matches, that won’t help you. You go to those states and most of the players playing for the states are not paid but you go there, you don’t even fight for them or advise the governors to pay the boys but you play novelty matches and get something and that ends there. Do you think those boys will be happy with you?” he asked.
Recalled that Mr. Pascal had initially charged his former colleagues to go back to their state of origin to make amends and probably attempt to contest for positions for them to be more relevant at the Nation’s football making body, NFF.