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Football | Nigeria

Nwosu campaigns against violence



Former Super Eagles midfielder Henry Nwosu has announced his pledge to the 1 GAME: Football without Violence campaign, describing it as “necessary” for football.

The 47-year-old coach of Union Bank FC expressed spoke of his commitment to 1 GAME founder Philip Obaji earlier on Tuesday.

"I am 100% for 1 Game. I don’t in any way support violence in football. It kills the game. We must do something. The authorities must step up and protect the game. It is necessary for football. I am committed to the 1 GAME campaign.”

Nwosu added "Last weekend my team played in Ekiti. We conceded a penalty and lost a game. Even after winning, the home fans attacked my players. I was wondering why. Violence is something we must fight.”

Born on June 14, 1963, Nwosu spent his career at home with New Nigeria Bank (NNB) of Benin City and African Continental Bank (ACB) of Lagos.

He also played for ASEC Mimosas FC of Ivory Coast and Racing FC Bafoussam of Cameroon.

A gifted midfielder, Nwosu was the youngest member of Nigeria's victorious 1980 African Nations Cup squad, and scored the only goal for Nigeria at the 1980 Olympics.

He also played in the 1982, 1984 and 1988 tournaments, finishing runners up in the latter two, with his last game for Nigeria coming in 1991.

As a coach, Nwosu was an assistant to Adegboye Onigbinde at the 2002 Fifa World Cup in Korea and Japan.

He also assisted former Eagles teammate Samson Siasia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics where Nigeria won the silver medal and had coached the Nigerian U-17 team prior to the 2009 Fifa U-17 World Cup.

At club level, he was one time Head Coach to Ibom Stars FC of Akwa Ibom and Head Coach of Iwuanyanwu Nationale of Owerri.

He was hired in August 2009 as coach of Union Bank FC.

He joins the likes of Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia, Shooting Stars General Manager Mutiu Adepoju and Bury of England defender Efe Sodje as former internationals who have publicly announced their support for 1 GAME.

The 1 GAME campaign was founded in June 2010 with an aim of combating violence and fanaticism in football.

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