Why we gave up on our football careers – P-Square

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By Sunny Green Itodo

Award-winning Nigerian musical duo, Paul and Peter Okoye of P-Square, have revealed why they gave up on pursuing a career in football.

The twin musical duo said they wanted to be football stars while growing up in Jos, Plateau State, but for some reasons, they ended up as musicians.

They disclosed this in a recent interview with CNN.

Paul said, “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.”

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.”

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