Akwuegbu Enrolls in London University 10 Years After Retiring As Pro Footballer
Benedict Akwuegbu has enrolled into the Anglia Ruskin University London to study Sports Management which will equip him with the prerequisite academic knowledge to manage sports business as he embarks on a new phase of life after 21 years of illustrious professional football career, Complete Sports reports.
The former Super Eagles striker retired from active football 10 years ago. And on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, the 30-cap Super Eagles and AK Grazer of Austria forward commenced his four-year program at the London University.
Akwuegbu, was offered admission by the Anglia Ruskin University, London, where he will take a four-year course in Sports Management.
In a manner reminiscent of Onuora Nzekwe’s classic work, Eze Goes To School, Akwuegbu is heading to school to acquire academic qualification that will equip him to manage sports business effectively, the same way he played football as he embarks on a
new phase of life.
Complete Sports understands the school has already sent congratulatory message to the former Nigeria international, for his decision to enroll in the school for his academic pursuit.
“Dear Benedict Akwuegbu, on behalf of everybody here at ARU London, I would like to say congratulations for securing your place here at ARU London…,” the school wrote in the congratulatory message to
Akwuegbu who scored 10 career goals in UEFA competitions while playing for several clubs in Europe and have served a mandatory one year in the Austrian Army, was full of joy when he confirmed this to Complete Sports.
“Yes, that’s quite true”, he responded gladly. “You know in life, there is no age limit to education. It doesn’t count age, so we keep on learning.
“Though I’ve retired from playing active football, but I believe I still have more to offer the game so I have to equip myself for the task.
“That was reason I decided to get myself academically prepared. I’ve been around sports all my life and I want to still remain relevant in it. After playing, I need to be involved in the management aspect, hence I decided to prepare for the task. ahead by acquiring the basic [academic] qualification,” he told Complete Sports from his base in London.
He featured virtually in all the levels of Nigeria’s national football teams – U17 Golden Eaglets, U20 Flying Eagles, U23 Olympic Eagles, as well as the Super Eagles.
Akwuegbu played 30 times for the Super Eagles and scored eight goals.
From 1991through 2010, Akwuegbu featured for 16 clubs in Europe, including Grazer Ak of Austria, RC Lens of France, Shenyang Ginde of China, Tianjín Teda and Beijing Hongden of China before retiring at Basingstoke Town of England in 2010.
By Sab Osuji
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