Following the recent win of the super eagles against Sudan in CHAN Semi finals which saw the players through into the finals, it is no doubt all credit must go to the man of the match whose clean save prevented the Sudanese from scoring a lot of goals that would have cost the Super Eagles a lot. Considering the fact that the Sudanese had a lot of scoring opportunities that would have led to the end of the CHAN race for the Super Eagles.
Who is Dele Ajiboye?
Oladele Muniru Ajiboye (born 7 August 1990 in Osogbo, Osun State) is a Nigerian football goalkeeper. He currently plays for Plateau United F.C and presently participating in the ongoing CHAN 2018.
Prior to the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, a reporter discovered that Ajiboye was 12 years older, married and had two kids with his wife expecting his third child, a fact that was already known by the Secretary-General of the Nigerian Football Federation.
In 2015, Ajiboye stated that he learned a lot from Peter Rufai and questions about his age were brought again since he was a young child during Rufai’s last years as a goalkeeper which made others suspective of his age.
Below are 5 things you can learn from the Goalkeeper:
• Patience: Dele Ajiboye proved to us that with patience we can achieve a lot. This we saw in the last match with Sudan, he was calm and reserve and this gave him more edge over Ikechuwu Ezenwa.
• Confidence: His heart of confidence made him not to be deterred by shots played at him from different angles of the field which could have ended up being a win for Sudan.
• Self Belief: Dele’s self belief gave him an upper hand, as he was sure of himself and never allowed doubt to disrupt his dreams and aspirations which many Nigerians of today like doing. This he exhibited when asked by Goal.com about him getting a chance in Gernot Rohr’s team, this was all he had to say.
“Other goalkeepers [Akpeyi and Ezenwa] are not doing badly, but I must keep doing my best and hope I get that chance someday,” Ajiboye told Goal.
“Everything in life is about opportunity and when I have it I hope to use it very well. For now, I am taking my time to learn from others and something tells me the door is not so far away.”
• God Factor: Ajiboye in all things gave thanks to God when he got an invitation to be among the Super Eagles 23 man squad. Is so sad that when the fame comes, most of us seems to forget God who is like the source of everything on this planet earth.
• Hardworking: His resilience to improve and be the best is as a result of the hard work he has put in place to make sure he is not a cast down which am sure would have required sleepless nights, hunger strike all in the name of becoming renowned
So take a chill pill and ruminate over this, as it will be of help to you and your friends and be nice enough to share. Thanks for reading. N.B: Open criticism is allowed but please be constructive.