Akpokona signs up for 1 GAME

Immediate past coach of Warri Wolves, Lawrence Akpokona says he did not hesitate to join 1 GAME when he heard about the campaign.

Akpokona told 1 GAME’s China Acheru that as a player he had been a victim of violence at football stadia lots of times.

“I can share a lot of experiences about violence in games I have played because I saw lots of them as a player.

“But one I remember now happened when I was a player and we went to the Liberty Stadium for a game against Shooting Stars,” Akpokona said.

“The game ended in violence and at the end two 32 seater Mercedes Benz buses and two salon cars were burnt down by angry fans and we the players were held hostage right there on the pitch.”

Akpokona said it took a camera man who was cousin of the late Muda Lawal to run home and get clothes for them to disguise into and sneak out from the back gate of the stadium.

“I have seen a lot like this and that is why I decided to sign up with 1 GAME to educate football fans that violence is not the way out.

“My name is Lawrence Akpokona; I played for Bendel Insurance and New Nigeria Bank; I coached Enyimba, BCC Lions, Dolphins. Football is a beautiful game and I want us to play 1 GAME. Football without violence.”

Akpokona now joins a list of indigenous coaches that include former Super Eagles handlers Sebastian Brodericks and Christian Chukwu as well as Union Bank coach Henry Nwosu who have publicly announced their support for the 1 GAME campaign.
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