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Combining Academics At LAUTECH And Playing For Super Eagles Was A Miracle―Olofinjana

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Ex-international, Seyi Olofinjana has said he still wonders how he combined academics at the Ladoke Akintola University Of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso and playing for the Super Eagles at the same time.
Olofinjana, in a recent interview with The Nation, disclosed that “I have been asked this (how easy was it to have combined academics at LAUTECH and playing for the Super Eagles) so many times and sometimes, I wonder how I did it as well,”
OYO INSIGHT recalled that Olofinjana, who graduated from the institution with a degree in chemical engineering, played for a number of European clubs including SK Brann in Norway; Wolverhampton Wanderers, Hull City, Stoke City, Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday in England.
“Obviously, God played a major part and contrary to the notion of many people that I had it all planned.

“It was just a divine intervention possible for anyone willing to commit himself or herself and more importantly focus.  In was tough but the focus was always on the goal and preparations for life after football.”

Since his retirement in 2015, Olofinjana has since been working at Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Academy and was recently named as Loans Pathway Managerat the English Premier League side.

Olofinjana, who began his career with local sides Crown of Ogbomoso  and played for Kwara United before moving to Europe, was a product of the Nigeria University Games Association, NUGA.

He recalled  “Amodu was a great coach and my confidant and his management skills were second to none,”

Olofinjana has indeed had a seamless transition from being a player to administrator and this might not be unconnected with his educational background as recently hinted by erstwhile president of NUGA and former Vice- Chancellor of University of Benin, Prof. Osayuki Oshodin.

“You must have certainly heard about a player called Seyi Olofinjana who played for the Super Eagles ; it was during my period as president of NUGA that he became a household name in Nigeria,” Oshodin, the professor of health education once revealed. “Olofinjana was discovered in the team that I took to China to play when he was a student of LAUTECH; that was where the scouts saw him and he started playing for Nigeria.”

“It is not as easy as that though; but Olofinjana’s career is an ideal one for any aspiring footballer to follow as he perfectly combined education with his football career even at retirement.”

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