Former World Cup winner to fight violence in football


Sharks FC chief coach and former U17/U20 national team player, Imama Amapakabor says he is completely sold out to the campaign against violence in football, also known as 1 Game

Amapakabor who was part of Nigeria's U16 team that won the World Cup in 1985 told 1 Game’s China Acheru that he had been a victim of football violence so many times in his playing career for Calabar Rovers, Sharks and Kano Pillars and now wants to be part of the group that preaches against it.

“I really do not know where to start but let me recall and experience I had in 1994 when I was a goalkeeper with Sharks,” Amapakabor started.

“We were in Kano for a game against Kano Pillars, a game Pillars needed to win to escape relegation and despite all odds we were able to get a result in that game.

“I remember saving two penalties in that game and at the end of the match we were beaten black and blue. I remember my player, Taubman Samuel passing out in that encounter and Kennedy Okogba also seriously beaten up.”

Imama added that it was ironical to note that three years later he signed on to play for Kano Pillars in 1997, the club where he was almost killed.

“That alone goes to show that there is really no need for violence in football. If they had killed me in 1994, would I have played for them three years later?

“This is why I wish all fans of football will embrace 1Game and play football without violence.

“My name is Imama Amapakabor, currently I am chief coach of Sharks FC and I say let’s play the beautiful game without violence. Let’s play 1 Game.”


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