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Hardship pushed me into football — 3SC coach

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By Sab Osuji

Edith Agoye, a former Nigeria international and current head coach of Shooting Stars Sports Club, 3SC, Ibadan, a second tier domestic league side, has rolled out a heart touching circumstances that took his career path into football, Orient Sports reports.

Agoye, a forward during his illustrious career days, is an Agronomy graduate of University of Ibadan.

And the dark skinned manager would reveal during the Ex University of Ibadan Footballers Association interactive program at the weekend that for hardship, he wouldn’t have ventured into football.

The former Super Eagles striker said growing up as a kid in Ibadan was difficult, ‘though interesting’.

“My parents were poor, it was a life of struggle at a tender age”, Agoye recalls with emotion. 

“It was a life of struggle to grow up, where you have to fend for yourself and as well assist the family.

“Probably, that was why I became good in football. I normally go out with my friends and bet on playing penalties to raise some money. 

“Sometimes, we play set (4 v 4) for money, and when you win, you take your share home and give to your mother to prepare food for the whole family. 

“That was one thing that made me strong and tough in every situation I found myself and that determination has kept me going”, Agoye said.

After a humble career beginning at Works FC, Ibadan, Agoye was soon to blossom and was scouted by 3SC in the late 1980s as an undergraduate.

It didn’t take long before FC Schaffhausen, Switzerland, spotted his talent and snatched him from the Ibadan giants.

He would later go on to play for Rot-Weiss Oberhausen, Germany, Esperance FC,Tunisia and Braunnau of Austria before coming back to 3SC again between 2002 and 2004. 

In 2004/2005, Agoye penned a cobtract deal with Israeli side, Bnei Sakhnin. While in Israel, he also played for Maccabi Herzliya FC, and Hapoel Be’er Sheva. 

In 2007, he returned to the Nigeria domestic league after signing for Julius Berger.

He equally featured for Enyimba following a move from Julius Berger in 2008 before finally returning to his childhood club, 3SC, where he called time on his career in 2009.

After representing the country at both Flying Eagles and Super Eagles levels, Agoye delved into management and went for coaching training in England to obtain his coaching certificate.

He became an assistant coach for 3SC in 2013 and was made the head coach a few years later. 

The dark hued gaffer would lament not featuring in Shooting Stars match day squad in the 1996 CAF Champions League final against Zamalek of Egypt.

For him, that would represent a dark spit on his career as he lives to lament if the hand of the clock could be rewound.

“I honestly wish I could turn back the hands of time and be a part of that final match against Zamalek of Egypt”, Agoye laments. 

“Many of the fans believed that if I had been a part of the 3SC team in that final, the outcome would have been different and 3SC would have won.

 “Sincerely speaking, on hindsight, I would have loved to have played in that final to know what my inclusion would have brought. 

“But sadly, that knowledge will  never be known”. 

Agoye missed the match following his decision to seek better career fortune abroad (Switzerland) in the middle of the (1996) domestic and continental campaign, admitting he found himself at a crossroad as to make the trip or not.

“I had to make a very urgent decision back then and I opted for traveling abroad to Switzerland, to further seek greener pastures in my football career. 

“Though, now, I feel I should have waited a bit to help execute the final and see what the outcome would have been. 

“(But) All that is in the past now anyway”. 

He also spoke of his avowed love for The Great Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall, his hall of residence as a student of the prestigious University of Ibadan. 

“Zik’s Hall simply is the best, I learnt so many life lessons while in Zik’s Hall. The supporters of the football team, the Baluba Lions, were simply the best. 

“The brotherhood displayed in Zik’s Hall was second to none. I never for once regretted being a ‘Zikite’ during my days at the University of Ibadan”.

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