Finding a balance between sports education and academic education is key for young footballers – Ogbonna

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Born on the 16th of October, 2002, Ogbonna Destiny Chidera is causing quite a bit of chatter with his display of talent.

The 19year-old, who is currently training with Heartland FC is performing well with the Owerri based club, having played for teams in Europe such as Brescia Feeders in Italy, Tottenham Academy and West Ham Academy in England.

With his beautiful drive of the ball, pace and on spot passes, Chidera is fast becoming a player to be reckoned, with as he aspires to play for the senior teams of either West or Tottenham in England.

The highly-rated player stressed that, despite his focus on football as a career, education is key to life.

“Education is key in life. As a Sportsman or anything you do in life, you need education. I am currently studying Petroleum Engineering at the Federal University of Owerri, FUTO, and on the verge of completing my education. That’s to tell you how I value education as much as I value my tent in football.”

Still in the nascent stages of his career, the teenage sensation named his father as his role model in life, while for football, he described Portuguese and Manchester United star, Cristiano Ronaldo as his role model.

“I so much hold my Dad in high esteem. He is one man I look up to daily as navigate life. He is a very big role model to me on and off the pitch. I have learnt a lot from him.”

“My role model is Cristiano Ronaldo. I am happy and privileged to have seen him play and see him break some records. I love the way he plays, he is fast, skilful and he’s got power-packed shots too and these are the characteristics I possess.

“I like to watch his video always and I aim to keep working hard to do better, even than him in the future.”

“Someday I would love to make my own mark, so that, those coming behind would see me as their role model as well in a positive light.”