Though he stopped playing some 23 years ago, Emmanuel Kunde last week-end official said farewell to football and fans.
He was accompanied on the occasion by his teammates with who he played in 1982 and 1990.
On the occasion Kunde said, like many other players of his generation, the 1990 World Cup was for him, one of the most exciting moments of his life.
For a team that came from nowhere to beat some of the biggest team in the world, we were so proud to write history, he stated.
“I am happy to have rendered service to my country and vice versa”, he said. To him, the late Abega Theophile is one of the players that inspired him.
“He was an organiser, a galvaniser, knew how to talk to his colleagues, and solved complicated situations”.
Kunde leaves football having regret, “That football is neglected at the local level. “Fecafoot Normalisation Committee should stress on training youths at the local level”, he averred.
He stressed that football can be structured and training centres re-structured and youth training methods revised.
Training should not be undertaken for the immediate gain of selling the player but for them to first integrate local championship and different categories of the national team, he cautioned.
As Kunde retires, he hopes to concentrate on coaching.
After playing in the first half, Kunde passed the baton of command to his son who took over to play with his elders.