Okonkwo living lavishly in retirement


Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Onyekachi Okonkwo is continuing to live lavishly in retirement following some astute investments during his career.

Okonkwo retired just over a year ago when last featuring for Cortona in the Italian lower divisions.

"I have now gone into the real estate business through my company Nino Group of Companies," Okonkwo tells KickOff.

"Basically, I buy land and build luxury houses with swimming pools from scratch which I then sell on.  

"I also have a football agency in Milan where I am based. I last played in the Italian lower divisions where I scored 20 goals, so I have plenty of contacts there because they like what I do. With my players, I just represent them when I get them deals in Switzerland, Romania, Holland, Germany and the rest of Europe. So far, I have done several deals.

"It is always difficult to change a career but when you plan well as I did it all falls into place, and nothing becomes difficult.

The 39-year-old had two spells at Pirates while making 40 appearances detailed his ventures after retirement.

"Since I stopped playing football, I have been able to sustain myself through the businesses that I set up," Okonkwo added.

"With the real estate business, I didn’t take any loans but just used my own money which made it much easier for me.

"Usually, when you don’t have the capital it becomes difficult but in my case, I never ever wanted to work under anybody. When I was still playing, I already knew that I would get into the real estate business.

"I am still living the same life I did when I was playing, and I travel to any place that I want to go to in this world though I am based in Milan since I have an Italian residency. I last played in Italy just before covid-19 started."

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