Renowned singer Charles Chibuezechukwu, widely known as Crayon, has revealed a distressing incident from his past involving the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that led to a turning point in his life.
During a recent interview with Cool FM Nigeria in Lagos, Crayon recounted his experience of being selected to join a national youth team in 2015.
However, his excitement was short-lived as he was eventually dropped from the team by corrupt officials who favored a candidate from a wealthy background.
Crayon expressed his frustration and disappointment over the incident, revealing that this experience played a significant role in his subsequent struggles with depression during that year.
He further elaborated on his aspirations to pursue a career in football and how he had earnestly attempted to become a professional footballer.
He even shared that his football skills earned him the nickname “Coutinho” in his neighborhood, a reference to the Brazilian footballer who played for Liverpool.
The singer revealed his perspective on the challenges within the Nigerian football system, emphasizing that corruption and nepotism often hinder aspiring talents from achieving their dreams.
He refrained from naming names but highlighted that the corruption he encountered led to a sense of disillusionment and disappointment, ultimately causing him to return home feeling depressed.
Crayon’s revelation sheds light on the difficulties many young talents face when trying to break into professional sports in Nigeria, as well as the emotional toll such experiences can have on individuals.
His candid discussion also underscores the importance of addressing issues of corruption and nepotism in various sectors to create a more equitable and supportive environment for aspiring talents.