Hello everyone out there, trust you’re doing just fine. Today on our interview seat is a really experienced and a fantastic player in the league who has really enjoyed a stellar season so far this term.
Ladies and gentlemen, without keeping you all in suspense, let’s speak with our guest.
Lodgexpress: its so nice to have you here on Lodgexpress sports, please introduce yourself
Olorunleke: Thank you. My name is Ojo Olorunleke, I’m from Kogi State, a professional football player who plays for Abia Warriors as a Goalkeeper and also as skipper of the side.
Lodgexpress: Wonderful, so let’s begin with your grassroot, which club did you began your playing career with?
Olorunleke: I started off with KABU Football Club in my hometown Kogi State before moving on to Ilorin, Kwara State where I played for FC Royal
Lodgexpress: And how was your childhood like, from what you could remember?
Olorunleke: It wasn’t easy at all but fun at the same time, it was my will power, my never say die attitude my lion heart determination to make it big that really helped me.
Lodgexpress: Okay, so what’s your relationship status?
Olorunleke: I’m happily married with two great male kids
Lodgexpress: Great! So which professional football player has really influenced your career positively?
Olorunleke: I’ll give it to my brother and colleague, Dele Aiyenugba
Lodgexpress: alright so, let’s get to know about your journey to stardom in the Nigeria Professional Football League, how did it began?
Olorunleke: Okay it all dates back to when I moved to Abuja, where I joined VON FC, before my stints with Zamfara United, FC Giwa, then to Sunshine Stars before my big move to Akwa United and here I am with Abia Warriors
Lodgexpress: Wow that’s quite an adventure you’ve had in the league
Olorunleke: Sure it is
Lodgexpress: Alright and so far in your playing career, you’ve probably come up against this attacker who really kept you on your toes throughout the game, who would you pick as your toughest opponent?
Olorunleke: Oh! Yeah it’s true, I’ve faced a lot of them but the real thorn in my flesh is my ex teammate and Akwa United forward, Mfon Udoh
Lodgexpress: Do you still recall your worst moment as a Goalkeeper?
Olorunleke: Yeah, during my time with Akwa United where we played against El Kanemi Warriors in the league and I wanted helping my team get a goal but ended up making a mistake which eventually led to our defeat. It will be difficult getting rid of the memory but that’s in the past now
Lodgexpress: It’s sure in the past, so tell us, what’s your favorite quote of all time?
Olorunleke: ‘Believe In Yourself Even When The World Is Against You’
Lodgexpress: Great, so if you are to mention your best eleven in the league, the coach and the team, how will it be?
Olorunleke: Ojo Olorunleke starts in goal, then the likes of Njoku Augustine, Gabriel Wassa, Daniel Wotlia, Ojobo Mackson, form my backline. The duo of Kunle Adeleke and Fatai Abdullahi, will operate from the middle while my frontline will have the likes of Ndifreke Effiong, Mfon Udoh, Sadeeq Umar and Godwin Obaje, to complete my starting eleven
My best Coach is Imama Amapakabo while my best club at the moment remians Abia Warriors
Lodgexpress: Interesting to know that, so which top five Goalkeepers has so far impressed you this season?
Olorunleke: Myself, Ojo Olorunleke; veteran Kwara United shotstopper, Dele Aiyenugba; Akwa United’s first choice, Adewale Olayinka; Enyimba’s John Noble and Rivers United shotstopper, Theophilus Afelokhai
Lodgexpress: In a simple sentence, how would you describe yourself?
Olorunleke: I’m an easy going and down to earth guy
Lodgexpress: Alright, you’ve played in the League and have witnessed a lot of things in it, what advice or suggestion(s) would you give to the League Management Company, that will better upgrade the standard of the league?
Olorunleke: The LMC has overtime been really well in promoting the league, but they’re some lapses that they still need to work on. I’ll urge them to keep bringing up new innovations that will help boaster the league and make it the best in Africa.
Lodgexpress: Okay, so assuming you weren’t a professional football player, which profession would you have gone for?
Olorunleke: I would have ventured into the entertainment industry, be a musician and align with the likes of Wizkid, Olamide, Davido and others. A friend and brother of mine that we began our different careers together back in school is now a popular artiste, JUMABEE.
Lodgexpress: Wow, so you mean aside from the Olorunleke we see on the pitch, there’s a version of you that people don’t know about?
Olorunleke: of course
Lodgexpress: alright, so how do you spend your time off the pitch?
Olorunleke: I listen to music and sleep
Lodgexpress: We all recall your time with the U20, tell us about it
Olorunleke: Yeah, that was back in 2015, I felt really good like anyone in my shoes at that time would have felt. I was really honored because amongst all the goalkeepers in the league, my performance and efforts stood out and I got the call-up. It was a really nice feeling and I give God all the credits.
Lodgexpress: Great, so if the opportunity presents itself again to represent your country at the international scene, what would Nigerians expect from you?
Olorunleke: The best of my services which I’ve always given while on the pitch and also to represent my family
Lodgexpress: So do you see yourself representing the Super Eagles of Nigeria anytime soon?
Olorunleke: Of course yes! It’s every footballer’s dream to represent his or her country irrespective of the category
Lodgexpress: So what advice would you give to the up and coming football players/goalkeepers that look up to you as their role model?
Olorunleke: They should trust God and never give up on Him and His words, they should always believe in themselves no matter what nature throws at them during the course of the game and their career. They should be dedicated to their job, stay focused, prayerful, work hard and maintain discipline.
Lodgexpress: So where do you envisage yourself in the next three years?
Olorunleke: I see myself plying my trade in a more fruitful and prosperous level by the grace of God. My faith is strong and my future is secured with Jesus Christ by my side
Lodgexpress: Thank you for your time and best wishes in your career
Correspondent: Faith Mbadigha