Former Sharks captain Odinga Odinga has decided to give back to the game that gave him so much fame and fortune.
Odinga is about to set up a football club, as well as an Academy named Dacok at Aleto, Nchia in Eleme Local Government Area in Rivers State, where he grew up.
Dacok FC/Academy will commence full activities on Saturday, 20th July, 2019.
In a chat with busybuddiesng.com, the former Akwa United defender informed he intends to raise future stars of the game from Dacok Academy.
“I think I have to give back to the society because, in fact, Eleme is where I grew up. The land favoured me, so, I have to give back to them,” he said.
“I also want to make name in future, I want to see that I train and bring up some players that will be the next Lionel Messi and the rest of them.
“I am looking at from U-5 to 12, from U-13 to 16, then from U-17 and above. It is of three categories.”
Odinga, who has a CAF coaching license, also called on football lovers within and outside Rivers State to support Dacok Academy.
“Actually, it has not been easy with me, but I believe that it is my calling, and I believe that in future people will begin to support because the Eleme people love sports. I believe the support will come,” Odinga added.
“I am appealing to them, they need to come up and support because it is a good thing we want to do for the people.”
Odinga, who has coaching certification from the La Liga/LMC partnership, is currently a coach in the Rivers United feeder team.