Story of how Nigerian footballer Abubakar Yusuf moved from grass to grace

Story of how Nigerian footballer Abubakar Yusuf moved from grass to grace

When Kwara United defender Abubakar Yusuf started his football career as a young boy, he never knew that he would make it to Nigeria's top flight considering his poor background and how he was frustrated by his family.

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Kwara United defender Abubakar Yusuf

The energetic player was born 22 years ago in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state to the family of Mr and Mrs Yusuf, and initial plans his parent had for him was for him to become an accountant.

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At a very tender age, Yusuf knew all he wanted to become is a professional footballer, and according to him, the road had been rough.

During his secondary school days, he would prefer spending the whole day on the pitch playing football.

Sadly, after he managed to finish his secondary school education his parents were not buoyant then to send him to higher institution and all he was left to do was to become a labourer.

Working at a car wash, sites and more were among menial jobs Yusuf delved into after his secondary school, and surprisingly, he purchased a pair of soccer boot and a complete jersey for himself with the first wages as a labourer.

This gave him the opportunity to train with some of his mates at the football pitch of the ECWA secondary school in Ilorin before he was seen by a gentleman assisted him in joining a grassroot team, Musty Academy.

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Kwara United star Abubakar Yusuf

In 2012, he proceeded to joining Bukola Babes (now ABS of Ilorin) and is now opportuned to play in the Nigeran Professional Football League.

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''It was hell for me when I started playing football as there was no one to help, and even my parent were against my wish to play football and that was where the problem really started.

''I really suffered because it was hard for me to buy a boot, and that was how I started labuoring work before I could afford to buy my first boot and set of jersey.

''The boot and the jersey really gave me morale before a good Samaritan took me to Musty Academy and then joining Bukola Babes and now Kwara United.

''If I was told that I would play for a team like Kwara United when I was young, I would not believe, but I gave myself the courage and I know I am going to Europe from this club,'' Yusuf explained his story to NAIJ.com inside the Kwara state stadium complex, Ilorin.

Abubakar is nicknamed after Brazilian legend Dani Alves, and also he explained that watching the former Barcelona star on television gives him strength and hope.

''Yes, everyone knows that Dani Alves is my mentor, and if Kelechi Iheanacho can be playing with his mentor Sergio Aguero now, I also have the believe that I will make it,'' he added.

Source: Sports.naij.com

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