Paul and Peter Okoye of P-Square, an award-winning Nigerian musical duo, have revealed why they gave up on pursuing a football career.
Growing up in Jos, Plateau State, the twin musical duo said they wanted to be football stars, but for various reasons, they ended up as musicians.
They revealed this in a recent CNN interview.
“We played football. Peter played with Mikel [Obi] in Pepsi Academy. I was a keeper, but I gave up because I could tell age was coming. But then Nigeria won this football, Atlanta Olympic 96′ I think. And when they won the competition, we saw what the then-president gave the footballers; we dropped our mics and went back to soccer.”
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Peter added, “But remember, at the same time we were having this situation whereby I was playing for Pepsi Academy. So, if we were trying to wear boots, and I’m like, ‘I’m gonna remain local. Entertainment is about to take me international.’
“God has a reason like, if I was playing football today, five years ago, I would have retired. But today, we are still doing music.”