Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa has revealed the struggle he had to go through trying to make a name for himself as a goalkeeper despite not getting the support from his father at the start.
The Heartland shot stopper made this revelation in an Instagram live session with the authentic football supporters club.
The 31-year-old claimed he had to leave home for Bayelsa when his father didn’t want him to play football but instead go to school. It was hard convincing his father but he had to give his full support after he realised football could make his son wealthy.
“My father didn’t want me to play football but instead wanted me to go to school. I had to leave home to pursue my dreams. My mother was supportive even when I left but my father was angry with the decision I made.
I went for a competition organised by MTN in 2004 where I won a medal as the best goalkeeper and also a huge sum of money. So when my parents got to know about it and I went home, I gave my Dad the money and he was happy that I was earning from what I loved doing and from then, he started supporting”, he said.
Ezenwa has moved on to represent various Nigerian professional football league sides like Sunshine Stars, FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Enyimba International to mention a few.
He has also represented the National team at the U-20, U-23 and even the Senior team where he won bronze with the team at the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.