By Tony Oji
James Nwokike, a business man and patron of Ayom na Okpala Old School FC, Awka, Capital City of Anambra has beckoned on youths to seek a better means of livelihood other than betting, Orient Sports reports.
He made the statement during an occasion of unveiling him as the patron of the above named club in Awka.
Besides, it is a community based team for residents of the village in Awka, the capital city of Anambra.
Nwokike who is into property business said youths should engage in the game of football for the reward it offers athletes or excitement it gives to enthusiasts and not for staking money.
He expressed worry that sports betting had impoverished more youths than it had enriched them adding that rather many youths have taken to crime and other vices in the bid to get more money to stake.
The philantropist reminded them that not everybody would make it in life while charging the club members to shun all forms of violence but rather use it to build a more friendly and secure environment in the area.
“Football is good, sports is good they keep youths positively busy and bring fortune to those who play so we are really missing the suspension of games as a result of Corona Virus Disease.
“But I must advise our youths against betting, it is bad that most of them follow football these days because they try their luck with betting, some of them now steal from their parents to bet.
“There may be one or two persons that have been lucky with betting but many of our youths are now lazy, they don’t want to work because they are hoping to win free money, it is bad for their future.
“I learn how to fix aluminum doors and windows, people were giving small jobs, it was not easy until I changed my line of trade, so I advise them to have something that God can bless like handwork,” Nwokike concluded.