The saying that there is life after football has been brought home as a former national team player has showed that there can be life after football by becoming a businessman.
Former Liberian international striker, Arcadia Martin Wesay Toe, since hanging his boots, has now become a reputable businessman. He has changed a past trend when professional footballers turned out to disappoint those who were determined to follow their examples.
His business is known as the Arcadia M. W. Toe Incorporated with two branches in Liberia and Japan.
Arcadia’s company is deals in used cars, tires and engines and a host of devices, including laptops, iPods, mobile phones, etc.
Established in December 2014 in Japan, the Arcadia M. W. Toe Inc., went through a rigorous check by Japanese authorities before officially licensed and it is reported to have a huge investment, since it began operational one and half years ago.
Besides used cars, and other devices, the company is also engaged in Real Estate in the Township of Brewerville outside Monrovia.
Arcadia Toe, who arrived in Liberia a couple of days ago from Japan told reporters that he is aware that no one plays football his entire life and he prepared for life after active football.
“I trained as an auto mechanic in Japan and worked on vehicles,” Arcadia explained.
The former footballer said through careful planning, he chose to get into business.
In a dispatch from Japan, on June 6, Liberia’s Ambassador to Japan, Youngor S. Telewoda was thrilled when she visited Arcadia Toe at his business center saw a plethora of items ready for market.
With a hardworking Japanese staff and some Liberians, Arcadia noted that plans are underway for trips to be made by staff from both countries, particularly his Liberian staff to upgrade their skills in Japan.
As a former footballer, Arcadia also hinted that he intends bring into the country footballs and boots from Japan for sale at affordable prices to local clubs in Liberia.
He is currently doing his ‘A’ Coaching License course, along with sports management and may likely manage a club on the local scene.
He said several containers from Japan with used cars, tires and engines have since been offloaded at the Freeport of Monrovia. With a website, www.ArcadiaMWToeInc.com, the company’s activities are also on Facebook, twitter and Wassup. With several Liberians in the employ of the company, Mr. Toe has joined the campaign to contribute to the country’s economic growth.
As a footballer, Arcadia Toe won two caps for the country’s senior national team, Lone Star against Sudan in a friendly match and a 2006 World Cup qualifier away to Mali where he scored his side’s lone goal in a 4-1 loss.
He has scored in the various countries that he has played soccer, including Ghana, Niger, Mali, Sudan, Libya, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.
During his last visit to Liberia in 2012, the philanthropist footballer gave close to one hundred pairs of football boots to footballers and held tournaments in several communities with attractive prizes, along with jerseys to sporting organizations.
So the truth that there is life after football has come to life and current footballers or athletes can emulate his fine example.
Footballers of this generation can learn from him and to be more purposeful in their careers so that in the long run Liberia can have many footballers plying their trade, seriously in the European soccer market.