Thursday, February 8, 2018


...Says: "The Secret behind Akwa United's Success In The League Is Fasting And Prayer, A Day Before Match."

Ojo Olorunleke is Akwa United Shot Stopper. He is the reigning Aiteo Cup winner and a former junior international. The father of one and Kogi-born goalkeeper was adjudged the best goalkeeper in 2016/17 season of Nigeria Professional Football League following his clean sheet in last season. The former Zamfara Utd and Sunshine Stars of Akure was part of the nation's contingent to 2015 U-20 Nations Cup in Senegal and U-20 World Cup in New Zealand alongside Kelechi Nwakali, Chidibere Eze, Dele Alampasu, et al.

Ojo, while featuring as month of February Guest of AFRICAN FOOTBALL FORUM, a Whatsapp platform, commended Shehu Dikko led LMC Board for improving the league, assuring Nigerians of Akwa Utd's commitment to bring continental glory to Nigeria. 
MICHAEL-AZEEZ OGUNSIJI also known as D-Press who monitored the interactive session writes the story and sent to TRENDINGMETRO. Please enjoy.  

TRENDINGMETRO: Tell us about your early life and how you ventured into football.
OJO: Yeah, with the help of God I've been an ordinary down to earth person. God has really been wonderful to me since I was small through my school days and up till when I decided to pursue my God given talent and dream.

TRENDINGMETRO: Can you tell us the state you are from, your former clubs?
OJO: Sure, I'm from Kogi State. Former Zamfara Utd, Giwa FC, Sunshine Stars and now with Akwa Utd.

TRENDINGMETRO: Who played the major role in your decision to go into football?
OJO: My Games master in my secondary school and I was glad my both parent supported me.

TRENDINGMETRO: You won the Aiteo cup with Akwa UTD last season. Can you tell us about how you enjoyed the moment?
OJO: First, let me appreciate God again for the success. It was another great moment in my career that I'll live to cherish. Because it happened right before my family, I mean my Dear Wife and Son. 

TRENDINGMETRO: When did you started playing professional and when is your best moment in football?
OJO: I started 2010 with Zamfara Utd. My best moment was winning the AYC in Senegal but most cherished moment was when I won the Aiteo Cup. 

TRENDINGMETRO: You are one of the best safe hands in the league. And have been around for a long time. Can you talk about what has changed in our league over the years?
OJO: Saying I am one of the best in the league, I'll say thank God for that. Well, to be frank, alot have changed, most especially since the arrival of the Shehu Dikko led LMC.

TRENDINGMETRO: You have played for clubs like sunshine stars, GiwaFc Zamfara united and now at Akwa UTD. Can you tell us the one u can call home among these clubs and why?
OJO: Well, as a Nigerian, I've always been comfortable any where I go or play. Everywhere is my home.

TRENDINGMETRO: Now, let's talk about the managers you have played for. Which one of them really helped putting your career on the right path. 
OJO: To be honest, they have all been wonderful, I can't really point to any of them, but they are all great Fathers to me in coaches form or managers as u address them sorry.

TRENDINGMETRO: Now let's talk about your team Akwa UTD. You guys are topping the table. Good starts so far. What's the secret?
OJO: The secret of this team has been our dedication to God and determination to get more success than that of last year and season. This is a team that prayed, observe fasting a day before every match both home and away. Yet, it doesn't stop us from working hard.

Ojo Olorunkole

TRENDINGMETRO: Your last game was emphatic victory. You kept a clean sheet.  How do you feel? 
OJO: Yeah, I was happy and I must commend my teammates for a job well executed. We prepared for it as we expected nothing less than that. Our target was to get more than the goals we had. But we appreciate God for the one ordained by him. 

TRENDINGMETRO: Do you see your team going a step further by adding the league title to the aiteo cup you won last season?
OJO: Yeah, it's achievable, all we need to do is to remain focused and never loose concentration. We must take every match serious and important, regardless of home or away. Nothing like let's maintain our home and forget away matches. Nigeria is for everybody oo. What makes our home matches a must win must be same at away.

TRENDINGMETRO: Now let's talk about your coach Abdul maikaba. He has been dubbed as Nigeria pep Guardiola due to his team entertaining Football. Can you tell us how maikaba prepare you guys for Matches and what makes him a special manager?
OJO: There is no team in this country that will have a coach like him and won't explore. Everything about him is special, easy going and has a masterpiece training programs that could make players do more than they never expected or wanted too. Always happy with his players, treats us like his own blood children. Selects team to represent the club on merit. And we all love him and ready to work for him and help ourselves too.

TRENDINGMETRO: Now Akwa UTD will be playing in the continent. Considering the fact that Nigerian clubs side are not really doing well lately. Can you tell us how prepared are you guys.
OJO: Yeah, we are there in the continent to correct the wrongs of the past. We are ready and set to hold the bull by its horn and to make history positively.

TRENDINGMETRO: Your team lost Alhassan before the end of last season, now you have Victor Mbaoma. Any similarities among the duo?
OJO: Yeah, Alhassan was a good player and important to the team when he was around, but the team never felt his absence because of the legacy Maikaba created in the team. Mboama too on his own is a great guy and player with his own quality which I'm certain will affect the team in a positive way.

TRENDINGMETRO: Have you ever worked with any foreign coach before. If yes, what can he say about the foreign coach and the local ones you have worked with here in Nigeria? 
OJO: I've not worked with a foreign coach yet.

TRENDINGMETRO: Tell us about your Educational background and where you see yourself in the next 3 years.
OJO: To be sincere, I actually paused after my secondary school to pursue my God given talent. But on a plan to continue because God has blessed me with what no man can. Three years is too much for my God to turn things around for me. Because I have a very big plan which won't pass this year God's willing.

TRENDINGMETRO: What should we be expecting from Akwa against Harks of Gambia this weekend? 
OJO: We are going to do everything to win the match and make our fans and well wishers happy. By the grace of God. 

TRENDINGMETRO: Who is your choice between Ezenwa or Ajiboye? 
OJO: They are both great seniors that I have so much respect for.

TRENDINGMETRO: The best Striker you have come against in the league?
OJO: Otegbeye Ajibola and Mfon UDOH

TRENDINGMETRO: Your best teammate?
OJO: Kehinde Adedipe, at sunshine. No one can be compared to him.

TRENDINGMETRO: What's your favorite meal?
OJO: Indomie Noodles with egg sause

TRENDINGMETRO: Who is your favorite coach in the league?
OJO: Maikaba and Bala, former Tornadoes coach.

TRENDINGMETRO: Your kind of music?
OJO: Reggae

TRENDINGMETRO: Your best home movies. Nollywood or Hollywood?
OJO: Both

TRENDINGMETRO: Favourite Raggae Artist.
OJO‬: Late Bob Marley.

TRENDINGMETRO: What's your son's name. He's a frosh boy I must say.
OJO: King Feranmi, the youngest AITEO CUP winner. 

TRENDINGMETRO: If you could have your way, would you prefer him to be Christiano Ronaldo, Messi or Dangote? 
OJO: My son would be greater than the three of them. Though they are famous, but my son's destiny is more than theirs.

TRENDINGMETRO: I saw him smiling with your medal, would you like him to play the game too?
OJO: Yeah, him and his mum actually brought luck to me and I enjoyed more of  God's grace and favor through them. If God permits him.

TRENDINGMETRO: Your word to the fans and lover of Akwa UTD.
OJO: On behalf of Akwa Utd, I say we appreciate all their support, love and prayers. They shouldn't stop praying for us and supporting us. And we promise to always do our best to make them happy. Finally, God bless everyone of them abundantly and we love them.

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