NAME: James Egbo LEVEL: 300 DEPARTMENT: Anatomy POSITION: Assistant Coach
Private Campus (PC) – Were you part of the team that birthed the idea of FUSION?
James (J) – Yeah, I was.
PC – What is the team’s management like because Adnan mentioned having other technical partners behind the scenes?
J – Asides Adnan and I, we have higher authorities on the team that are actually the main sponsors. They are the main support of FUSION FC. Without them, the team wouldn’t really be anywhere.
PC – How much do you think the team has grown since it started? We know it’s a short period of time but have you seen any progress?
J – Yes we have. From the beginning of the semester, before any other team started training, we had already started gathering our players and coming out. I think we’ve even had more progress in terms of building up ourselves than other teams.
PC – In terms of organization and all that?
J – Yeah
PC – Have you ever been in a place of leadership prior to this?
J – No, not really. This is my first time.
PC – How do you think opportunity has helped you grow as a person?
J – This is actually the first social related thing I’m doing in Bingham University. I’m most of the time locked up in the hostel but then Adnan just brought up the idea that since we have a passion for this thing, we should come and see what we can do and make a team. So I decided to join him.
PC – So again, sports is a substitute for your social life?
J – Yeah.
PC – Is there anything in particular you want the team to work towards before the year runs out? Any specific goals?
J – Well, as a new team, people are seeing us as the underdogs of the competition and we really want to make a mark and change the way football is being played. Because even from our first match, people can actually say a lot about how we play and so I think we’re doing quite well so far.
We really want to make a mark and change the way football is being played.James Egbo – Asst. Coach
PC – What are some of the difficulties you faced from starting out as an idea to being an actual club with a full set of players that can play in the *league?
J – Okay the difficulties… at first, we had to start observing and then we really took our time to come and watch out for anything that we see and like and then meeting the players one on one. Discussing with them on how they’ll be able to join us and play for us. That was another issue and also organizing ourselves mostly.
PC – Is there any advice you can give to players so far because now you’re on the “other side” as a coach and you’re seeing and training these players.
J – The main thing is that what brings us out to play, especially this BFL is not that we are being paid, but by our passion. By people actually playing. It’s what they love to do. So if they can use that passion and make things for everyone else by doing what they’re supposed to do. I believe we’ll go a long way in what we actually want to accomplish by this competition and everything will be better.
PC – Is there any other thing concerning FUSION that you want to add?
J – FUSION, as I say, is trying to make a mark and make people understand. We’re trying to change the way football is in in BHU and give other people a shot. We have so many upcoming players. Our players are mostly new students that just entered the school. So we want people to really see that there is more than what we just normally see every year.
PC – Who do you think are your most promising players so far?
J – We have *Urie and *Kante our center midfielders, Chris, an attacking midfielder, and *Olamide a defensive midfielder.
*league - Bingham Football League (BFL) *Urie *Kante *Chris *Olamide - Fusion FC players
This interview was conducted in November, 2019. All references made are correct as at time of interview.