Akpoborie announces 1 GAME support

Former Super Eagles striker Jonathan Akpoborie has announced that he was giving his full support to the 1 GAME: Football without Violence campaign, explaining that it is “very necessary” for the growth of the game.

The former VFL Wolfsburg and VFB Stuttgart forward informed 1 GAME founder Philip Obaji of his pledge to the campaign from his base in Karlsruhe on Monday morning.

“I am glad to be part of 1 GAME. It gives me satisfaction to see that this campaign is committed to eradicating football violence at all levels. I have been part of this initiative from the onset but it’s a different feeling to speak about my involvement to the entire world.”

The 42 year old added: “What 1 GAME is doing is great and very necessary for football development. We all must support this initiative. I’ve had to speak about it to many friends and colleagues in Germany and Switzerland and they think it’s a brilliant idea.”

Born on October, 1968, Akpoborie spent the majority of his playing career in Germany. He started his professional career at Julius Berger, before moving to USA. In 1990 he joined FC Saarbr├╝cken of German Second Bundesliga.

Akpoborie also had spells with FC Carl Zeiss Jena, Stuttgart Kickers, for whom he scored 37 goals in one season, and Waldhof Mannheim, before finally joining top-flight Hansa Rostock in 1995.

After spending two years at Hansa, the player moved to their Bundesliga rivals VfB Stuttgart and then VfL Wolfsburg in 1999.

He finished his playing career at Saarbr├╝cken in 2002.At international level, he was named in the Nigeria squad for the 1992 and 2000 Africa Cup of Nations but was not used in either tournament. He was also part of the Super Eagles team to the US Gold Cup in 1995. He made 12 senior appearances for Nigeria and scored 4 goals.

He joins the likes of Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia, Shooting Stars General Manager Mutiu Adepoju, Bury of England defender Efe Sodje and Union Bank of Lagos coach Henry Nwosu 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. The initiative draws public support through sign-ups on its website www.play1game.org.
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