Participants at the ongoing Cowbell Football Academy Summer Camp have been counselled against self-medication, as the habit might lead them into doping and destroy their career.
This was the admonition of Akin Amao at the annual youth development initiative of Cowbell Football Academy, a corporate social responsibility platform of Cowbell Milk, a premium brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited. The three-week camp was flagged-off on July 23, 2018 by the first Vice President of NFF, Mr. Seyi Akinwunmi.
Amao said many athletes consume performance-enhancement substances unknown to them. He therefore warned young football talents not to inculcate in the habit but to consult professional physicians when they are ill.
He said: “While you are still nurturing your skills, you must do away with self-medication. Doping has ruined the careers of many great talents, and many people take such substances unknown to them. You must shun self-medication.”
Amao spoke to hundreds of kids between the ages of four and 18 years, including an 11-year old Ivorien, Yassie Kra, who are taking part in the camp.
Kra, who nursed the ambition to replicate the feat of Ivorien legend Didier Drogba, said he was encouraged to participate in the Summer Camp by the quality of training, tactical discipline and reputation of the organisers.