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Aghahowa finds new love in retail trading




After a prolonged break from a 15-year career, Nigeria’s former international, Julius Efosa Aghahowa, is back with something new.

The dark lanky striker, who has since hung his scoring boot, has picked up a new profession. He is now the proprietor of Prolific Shoppers Supermarket, located in Lekki Ajah area of Lagos State.

The highbrow shopping mall was opened to the public on March 12, 2016, bringing him back to public reckoning three years after his retirement from football. Before settling for retail trading, he had tried his hands in other businesses, including oil and gas, and property.

On why he decided against joining the bandwagon of his colleagues setting up football academies, he said from experience, it has not been a worthwhile venture.

“It has not paid off well for me. Personally, I am not happy with the state of football in the country, especially the training of youngsters who eventually breach contracts. They run off with supposed agents who woo them away with mouthwatering offers and sad to say in most cases, they are false promises. The experience has been disheartening.

“But I know I will someday return back to helping out the best way I can, because among the hundreds of boys on the fields and streets are those with great passion for football. And I can tell you when there is no fruition from long months, or even years of practice, it can be very frustrating.

“My advice to such youngsters is to seek out alternatives. For example, football alongside education, so that whichever one takes them to the top they will eventually embrace. This will give no room for frustration,” he said.

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