By Chijioke Henry
Football is a trade that brings a lot of fame when played at the bigger stage. For most footballers, after a glorious career on the pitch, they look forward to either becoming coaches, instructors or take to football punditry. In that case, the fame that has been associated with the name they made while playing is not dissipated easily.
The case of Plateau United FC of Jos Captain and dead ball specialist, Elisha Golbe is far from this notion as the central defender insists he will not take up a career in coaching after ending his playing career as a professional footballer.
He insists he is a trained teacher who temporarily left his profession for football and he looks forward to returning to the classroom someday to impact knowledge when his footballing career is over.
The shy central defender cum holding midfielder, does not just see teaching as a profession, he also stated that teaching is his only calling for now, outside the game of football.
“I love teaching so much that whenever I’m not playing football, I spend most of my time teaching young ones”.
“I don’t just see it as an alternate profession, teaching is my hobby. I do my best to impact knowledge and I feel accomplished doing that”, he said.
The almost six feet tall defence Trojan is a graduate of Physical and Health Education, from the University of Jos after completing an NCE program at the Federal College of Education (FCE) Pankshin in Plateau State.
He worked as a school teacher for two years at the Africa International College Abuja, before reconsidering football as a career, a decision which he said he has not regretted at all, since he still plans to go back to the classroom.
“I have played football almost all my life and aside being a professional footballer, I’m a trained teacher.”
“I don’t regret quitting my job as a teacher, for football because I know I would someday return to the classroom.”
The prolific dead ball specialist has played an enormous role in Plateau United’s campaign so far in the NPFL, scoring three goals in five matches, all from set pieces, an achievement he feels is still below average for him, going by already set personal goals.
“I still believe my performance in terms of goals scored is below average by way of the target I have set for myself this season.”
“My target is to score at least one goal per match through free-kicks, apart from carrying out my defensive duties to the letter”, said Golbe.
Plateau United currently occupy the summit of the NPFL table with 13 points from five matches and they will be guests of Nasarawa United on Match Day 6 this weekend at the Lafia Township Stadium.
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