Ifeanyi Ubah midfielder Salau Samuel Oluwadolapo has tasked other top stars to follow the example of Super Eagles skipper Ahmed Musa by coming back from overseas to boost the NPFL.
The 21-year-old Kaduna-born player also said he wishes the league is better managed to attract sponsors and interest.
How did your career start?
I started my football career at the age of four when I joined NFA Kaduna team and rose from Junior team to the senior team. I started traveling for interstate competitions at the age of nine. As a Junior high school student, and I was given scholarship to the NIGERIA YOUTH SOCCER ACADEMY, Calabar, where I spent four years.
After graduating from the academy, I joined Otutu United, where I was for two years and later travelled to Anambra State for trials which landed me another milestone in my career, it was a huge opportunity to join Ifeanyi Ubah’s youth team on loan from Otutu United FC in 2016 and gained promotion to the main team 2018/2020.
What prompted you to take football as a career?
First, it is because I love the game, I discovered that I have the talent, also the motivation I get from watching the established players around the world on TV kept me going.
What were you doing before you took football full time?
I was a student and could have remained so but my interest in football was great.
What are your targets with Ifeanyi Ubah?
I want to see my club among the best in Nigeria in all ramifications and also win trophies.
Who is your role model and why?
Lionel Messi is my idol, he is simply brilliant.
Which is your dream club?
I love Barcelona FC and I wish to play for them. In England, it will be great dream to feature for Manchester City and PSG in France.
What can you say of the Nigeria league in which you play in, what do you want to change about it?
For the past few years there are changes in the league, clubs now have that confidence to feature young boys in the league as first team players.
I wish to see our league as the best in African in all aspects and compete with other leagues in the world. I want to see where Nigeria clubs can sign players from top clubs in the world and see the big-name players that we have coming back to play in the league in Nigeria as Ahmed Musa is doing right now, it will help to promote, encourage the players in the league and the league itself .
Who is the toughest player you have played against and why?
That’s Ali Malam of Kano Pillars because of his speed and intelligence.
Who has encouraged you most in your career?
My family and my manager.
They provide for me, help me to take decisions and cheer me up.