By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 30 August 2013 Updated: 02/09 10:18
FOOTBALL players in Nigeria are set to benefit from new boots thanks to a former resident who now plays in the borough.
Ogochukwu Obiakor, known as Obi, is collecting kit from his Beoley Village Football Club teammates and players across the area to send to Ubaha FC, the team in the Anambra village he was born in.
He said: “What made me start to collect the boots is because whenever I watch the team playing, some of the players don’t have football boots and they are good players so I thought this is what I’d do for them.
“They don’t know I am coming home with boots for them and kits as well, so it will be great for them and I will be happy to see them happy as well.”
Club secretary Rich Ball added: “Obi joined us three years ago and has had a massive influence on the club as a player and in a coaching capacity. He is admired and well respected by all of the players and officials of Beoley Village FC and we fully support his project to help his home village football club in Ubaha.
“Most of our players have happily donated used, and not so used, football boots and are actively encouraging players from other clubs in the Redditch and South Warwickshire Combination League to assist Obi with his collection.
“Obi deserves all the help he can get. He is a fine player but more importantly, a good man.”
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