Have a plan B - Nyambe

Brave Warriors defender Ryan Nyambe has urged local players to have plans for their lives after football.

02 December 2019 | Sports

Ryan Nyambe, who plies his trade in England with second tier Blackburn Rovers, said footballers should invest in education.

This is after African football legend Samuel Eto'o announced he wants to use study business management at Harvard Business School in the United States, in order to give back to Africa.

“Not everything in life goes according to plan, so have a plan B. Education can open doors for you further down your career, so it's important,” Nyambe said.

He joined the national squad earlier this year under the leadership of former coach Ricardo Mannetti, who fought tooth and nail to get the player to feature at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt.

Nyambe, who has a diploma in sports science, is in support of footballers who further their studies so they have something to fall back on.

He said they should emulate players like former Cameroon and Barcelona forward and four-time African Player of the Year winner Eto'o, who retired from football at the age of 38 in September this year.

Eto'o believes crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the United States for a business education will help in his quest to give back to the continent.

“I want to help and to make my positive contribution to the transformation of our continent,” Eto'o told French news website Jeune Afrique.

“When you're a footballer, you pay people to take care of your career and things generally.

“But when it's up to you to manage people, and you want to develop them, you practically need to learn new skills,” said Eto'o, who will start his studies at Harvard University in January next year.

Locally there are also a small number of footballers who are educated or busy pursuing their studies, including Warriors forward Benson Shilongo who plies his trade with Egyptian club Ismaily.

Former Warriors captain Ronald Ketjijere, who is a firm believer in education, completed his law degree while playing for Pretoria University in South Africa, showing the way for many Namibian players to follow in his footsteps.

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