Charles Chibuezechukwu, alias Crayon, a well-known singer, has detailed how some top NFF officials cut short his football career by choosing someone from an affluent family instead of him for the national squad.
The Mavin Record signee claimed that corrupt officials later removed him after he was chosen to play for a national youth squad in 2015.
He revealed this in a current interview with Lagos’ Cool FM Nigeria.
He said that the encounter was a factor in his 2015 depression.
Crayon said, “I became depressed in 2015 because I couldn’t get into the university. All my friends were in school. At that time I was really close to my friends. I was the youngest among my friends. Every time they are around is always fun. Then they all got admitted to the universities in Ghana, Benin, etc. I was just me in the hood.
“It was so boring. I didn’t have anything to do, nowhere to go. And my footballing career at that time wasn’t really kicking off for me as well. I used to play football. I used to be a proper footballer. They called me ‘Coutinho’ in my hood. You know prime Coutinho who played for Liverpool?
“I tried to become a professional footballer but it didn’t work out for me because football in Nigeria is quite dicey. There is a lot of corruption. I don’t want to mention names because it might hurt some people. They are big names; top [football] officials.
“At a time I went for one screening in Surulere [National Stadium], they [NFF officials] picked me and they had to like swindle me and pick someone else because the person had money and connections. So, at that point, I became disappointed. I went home depressed.”