Nigeria international Moses Simon has called on his fellow footballers to shun a fear of being seen as “showing off” and extend helping hands to their communities in Africa as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep the globe.
Forward Simon, who plays in France for Ligue 1 side Nantes, has funded the construction of water pumps in his village, Obagaji Agatu, in Benue State.
The community has never before had any sort of running water, and has had to depend on a stream for portable water.
A lot of sports stars have stepped in to ease the impact of the coronavirus on millions around the globe but Simon feels most African stars have avoided making kind gestures for fear of how it looks.
“The community may feel you are being arrogant and only using the favour as a way of showing off your wealth. This is why most African players are scared,” he told BBC Sport Africa.
“This is not about Nigeria, it’s Africa as a whole. This is the problem most African players are facing”. (BBC)