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Meet Olayemi Adebayo, a Nigerian football wonderkid making waves in Zambia League
Meet Olayemi Adebayo, a Nigerian football wonderkid making waves in Zambia League

Fast rising youngster, Olayemi Mustapha Adebayo (born 3 March 1999) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays currently plays as a striker or winger for Zambian top-flight club, Maestro United Zambia Football Club in the Zambia Super League.

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On-loan last season at Zambia powerhouse, Kabwe Warriors, Adebayo was a key figure in the team and helped them finish 8th position on the log, scoring four goals and further assisting two in ten games despite joining the team during the mid-season transfer window.

Regarded across Zambia as one of Nigerian football’s most promising prospects, Adebayo is a quick, tenacious, and physically strong forward, with good technical skills and an accurate shot. Naturally right-footed, his most comfortable role is in the centre as a main striker, although he is often times utilized as a second striker, or even as a left-sided forward or winger.

Adebayo is known in particular for his great pace, ability in the air, offensive flare, and strong physique, which enables him either to hold up the ball with his back to goal or take advantage of spaces in the opposition’s half; a hard-working footballer, he has also received plaudits by his managers for his defensive contribution when without the ball.

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His career so far to stardom has been that of a journeyman. Adebayo has had stints in Kenya, Somalia and presently in Zambia. He signed his first professional contract with a Kenyan outfit, Chamelil Sugar back in 2016 and played for two seasons before joining Somalian club, Dekedaha FC in 2018 where he spent just one season and helped them win the league title thanks to his 12 goals.

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Following his exploits in Somalia, Adebayo received a contract offer from current club, Maestro United Zambia Football Club (MUZA FC) and joined them in 2019 while they were playing in the top-flight division before being relegated to the second division that same season.

Following MUZA FC’s relegation, Adebayo received a loan offer from Benin Republic club, AS Cotonou and despite signing all the necessary documents to finalize his move, the deal collapsed at the final day of the transfer window and Adebayo couldn’t be registered either as a player of MUZA FC or AS Cotonou.

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Following MUZA FC’s promotion back to the Zambian Premier League in 2021/2022 season, Adebayo got a loan offer from Kabwe Warriors during the mid-season transfer window and played there until the rest of the season.

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Now at Kabwe Warriors, Mustapha Adebayo made a total of ten league appearances, scoring four goals and providing two assists, a total of six goals involvement to help them finish 8th on the table.

At the moment, Adebayo cannot negotiate a contract extension at Kabwe Warriors following the introduction of a quota system in the Zambia league which stipulates that a team cannot be allowed to register more than five (5) foreign players.

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Every team loves a bargain, and there is no bigger bargain in football than signing a player in an itch-free deal.

Mustapha Adebayo will prove a great addition to his next team and has expressed his interest in playing in the Nigeria Professional Football League next season.



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