The Emir of Bauchi, Dr Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu has said the decision by his people that he should succeed his late father as Emir of Bauchi stopped him from becoming a professional football player.
The monarch made this revelation yesterday in his palace when he received former Nigerian internationals, Kanu Nwankwo, Daniel Amokachi, Garba Lawal, Jay Jay Okocha, Taribo West, Kalilou Fadigha of Senegal and other top African football stars who paid him a courtesy visit.
The African football legends were led to the Emir’s palace by the President of African Children Talent Discovery Foundation, Engineer Noah Dallaji.
He said “In my school days, I was a football player. I played so well that I was nicked-named ‘Amo the Bull’ because I was playing just like Daniel Amokachi. I could score goals from any direction.
“‘I am also an ardent Arsenal FC fan. I love Arsenal and I was made to love the club because of ‘Papilo’, Nwakwo Kanu. He was playing fantastically for the club that time and I loved his achievements with the club”.
The Emir who thanked the former footballers for making their countries proud challenged the upcoming players to emulate the legends who had their names written in gold due to outstanding performances.
Responding, Engr Noah Dallaji told the Emir that his foundation was in Bauchi state to harness and mentor the football talents discovered in the state during a recent talent hunt.
He explained that his foundation is collaborating with the former stars in order to mentor the budding talents.
Dallaji reiterated that the aim is to give the youths a future by ensuring they become successful footballers anywhere in the world.