Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, on Monday, hosted the Super Eagles International, Samuel Chukwueze, in the government house in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
The new sensational winger was one of the new generation of players who debuted at the just concluded 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Chukwueze gave a good account of himself, scoring one goal which fetched him the man-of-the-match award, as Eagles came third with a bronze medal at the competition.
The governor, while congratulating the star player for making his state proud, advised him to remain humble and hardworking. He added that he must not be overwhelmed by his performance at the AFCON, stating clearly that “pride is the virus that destroys talent.”
“You are a young man with prodigious talent but you must know that talent can showcase you but you need to work very hard to remain at the top.”
“Players like Tarila Okorowanta and Etim Esin. Remain humble. Remember where you are coming from, your poor parents. Stay safe in Europe. Avoid drugs and drinking,” the governor said.