COVID-19: I’m tired of farming, says NPFL coach


Sunshine Stars chief coach, Kayode Julius, says he is eager to return to work following the suspension of football in the country due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The former Flying Eagles defender, who played for Enugu Rangers amongst other top clubs in the league in the 90s, voiced his frustrations after being out of work since March, alongside other football stakeholders.

In an interview with The PUNCH, the Sunshine coach said he resorted to farming after football activities were halted, but added that he was becoming tired as he couldn’t talk to his farm produce the same he related with his players on the field.

He said, “There is a big difference between being on the pitch and working on the farm, in as much as I derived joy doing both.

“A lot of people know that I have been farming even before COVID-19, which halted sporting activities, and I will continue to be a farmer after I retire from the game.

“Though both tend to put food on my table and I enjoy doing them but I enjoy being on the pitch more because it is my profession.

“You get to do a lot of things on the pitch and you are mentally alert, you get to interact with people and exchange ideas. But you don’t experience these on the farm. It is more of a daily routine because once I leave the farm, I come home to sleep. We know it is not possible to talk to my cassava, so it is basically not as lively as being on the pitch.

“Let me just confess that I can’t wait to return to the pitch because I miss everything about it, especially the glamour and I don’t think there is any job as interesting as coaching.

“We have been badly hit by the coronavirus but we just pray that everything comes to an end.

“My boys have been training individually and we’ve been supervising and trying to keep in touch with them to see how they are doing.”

PUNCH

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