Former Chelsea and Ivory Coast player, Salomon Kalou, on Saturday September, 12, graduated from the University of Lyon, with a degree in Business Administration. Most at times the general perception people have about footballers is that they are unintelligent people who are only good on the field. And for that their only relevance is using their legs instead of their heads.
In our society for instance when a child is clever in class, the child is perceived to be an intelligent individual. However, when the child is unintelligent but can use his or her God-given talent to create something unique beyond human imagination, that child is perceived as unintelligent and cannot help contribute to the development of the community and the nation as a whole.
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However, this kind of perception is gradually changing as parents and guardians have come to accept that every human being has his or her capabilities that defines the him or her.
Kalou decided to further his education during his time in France and didn’t let the fame of being a footballer get into his head.
He was intelligent enough to prepare for life after football. Football players have a short career, mostly ten to fifteen years. Many football players have retired poor despite the huge amount of money they made during their playing days.
This was mostly due to lack of proper plan after football.
The decision of Salomon kalou will surely encourage many football players to consider going into other professions especially after football.
Kalou now plays for Botafogo in Brazil and who knows if he plans to learn more over there or gives the world of football another surprise.
We hope to have more of H.E George Weah, the president of Liberia in Africa and not hungry ex footballers becoming a burden for their families.
We say, Congratulations Salomon Kalou!