UZOHO’S AGE CONCERN AND THE THRESHOLD OF HISTORY

By Momoh Onimisi Ebenezer

After failing in two of the last three Nations cup qualification, Nigeria returns to Africa’s greatest football fiesta even as mixed reaction still trial Super Eagles 2018 campaign especially in the wake of the poor world cup outing. But one player has since been in the spotlight as age controversy continues to overshadow his performances.
Francis Odinaka Uzoho like Samuel Chukueze and Kalu have seen their stocks rise in the wake of the qualification series save for blunders made by Uzoho in Nigeria’s narrow 3-2 win over Libya. Playing in Spain’s second tier league may not be appealing to fans but it’s no bad idea for a promising goal keeper whose age remains unfazed by age and look concerns.
Nigeria’s football is not new to accusations on player age falsification in youth football tournament, but fans must understand that physical look and age are two distinct things. And even with such baseless accusations, Uzoho remains Gernot Rohr’s trusted choice even with the presence of more experienced Akpeyi and co.
Ribery, Coasta and even the retired Puyol are players who appear older than their age, but all have gone on to enjoy trophy laden careers. But for young promising goal keeper, such may be detrimental to his career as black players’ don’t enjoy the same opportunities like their white counterpart.
2018 may have placed his career on the low due to injury, but as the nation’s cup approaches, fans need to throw their weight behind him for a successful campaign as anything else may spell doom.

Organizations and mental health concerns
In our world today, companies and organizations are challenged with keeping up with the needs and demands of their employees. Ultimately, their greatest struggle isn’t recruiting talent but instead retaining and engaging them for maximum productivity. But such height are deterred by mental health concerns which are more challenging to pinpoint unlike the physical health.
Anxiety, depression etc can go undetected for month and years. Subject to a survey of office workers in July 2018 from Peldon Rose, 72% of employees want employers to champion mental health and well-being and nearly three-quarters of workers say they want their employers to champion mental health and well-being in the workplace. This is rated as more important than equality (48%), sustainability (38%) and diversity (31%). Giving employees freedom and resources may be the easy bet for employee productivity but far important is the need for managers to give guidance and direction. and according to Forbes report, the worst thing a manager can do is disappear or be unapproachable; in fact, the worst and most stressful type of leaders are absent – leaving their employees without direction or feedback, and showing little concern and consideration for their staff. This harms morale and well-being.
Next week we itemize the steps managers and organizations can employ for better employee productivity.

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