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Footballers urged to take Education serious 9/2/2012

Secretary General of the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana (PFAG), Tony Baffoe, has challenged upcoming soccer talents to view formal education as vital to their future development.

He said even though hard work was essential for footballers becoming future super stars, the relevance of formal education should not be relegated to the background and encouraged them to take their books seriously.

Onetime key player of the Black Stars, Baffoe last Tuesday encouraged participants of the Airtel Rising Stars to emulate the disciplined lifestyle of some of the most successful players who had graced the game on the globe.

The Airtel Rising Stars involves 32 young footballers selected from Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia who are undergoing a five-day coaching clinic at the Lizzy S[ports Complex at East Legon in Accra. The group includes the Ghanaian female team which won the inaugural Airtel Rising stars Under-7 tournament in Kenya last week.

While promising to avail himself together with other members of the PFAG to mentor the youngsters, the Germany-born ex-Ghanaian international urged the up-and-coming footballers to take full advantage of the clinic to launch themselves to the national Under-17 team.

According to Baffoe the youngsters had so much potential and asked them to use the platform offered by Airtel as a launching pad to fame and success by ensuring every opportunity was utilised to their maximum benefit.

Former Black Stars greats, Samuel Osei Kuffour and Nii Odartey Lamptey who are Airtel Rising Stars ambassadors, in separate advice to the young players, emphasised the need for education since without it footballers’ career could be truncated or made miserable by unscrupulous agents.

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