Gbenga Arokoyo: Still dreams of Glory with Super Eagles

Sweden-based defender Gbenga Arokoyo has revealed that the late Thompson Oliha inspired to make his dream of becoming a professional footballer come true.

The Mjalby AIF player said he still dreams of playing for the Super Eagles soon after his dream of playing at Brazil 2014 did not come true.

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The full interview:

Question: How has it been at Mjalby?

AROKOYO: So far, so good, it has been great and I thank God for his mercies.

How was it when you first moved to Europe?

It was tough. Firstly, the weather was not friendly and secondly, the language was another challenge for me, but I feel more at home now.

You once said you wanted to represent Nigeria at Brazil 2014, now that the list is out and you are not there, what is your next target as regards the Eagles?

It was my dream. God time is the best, delay is not a denial. I will just keep working hard and praying for the right time to come.

What are your targets with your club?

We want to keep winning games after games, play good football and have a great season.


What made you decide to take football as your profession?

I decided to play football because of my passion for the game. Football is not something you wish for but something you work for, and I thank God that my labour and sacrifices have not been in vain.

Which teams have you played for?

I started with Davish Athletic Football Club in Kabba. I then went to Kwara Football Academy in Ilorin from where I was later transferred to Kwara United, before I finally moved to Europe.

Did you have your parents support to play football from the onset?

At first it was tough and like war, but my mum gave me every support all the way by praying with me and encouraging me to always be a good boy anywhere I found myself in life

Who inspired you the most in your career?

There so many people who inspired me, but there’s someone I can never forget in my life that is the late Thomson Oliha.

He was a true mentor, he was the first person to tell me that if I work hard, my parents will soon be proud of me and he stood by me all the way until his death.

Where and how did you meet him?

I met him first in Lagos when I was sleeping at the Onikan Stadium during the Kwara Football Academy screening in 2007, he took me to his house, gave me food and gave me a room to sleep and he stood by me during my time at the academy.

He was like a friend and a father, he always told me there is a price to pay to get to the top.

Do you think the Super Eagles will do well at the World Cup in Brazil?

Yes, I think early preparation will help Eagles a lot. The squad is good.

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