When you hear the name FK Palanga of Lithuania, what comes to your mind is either Under 17 world Cup winner Haruna Lukman or Lucky Omeruo, younger brother to Nigerian international Kenneth Omeruo but aside these two is a new sensation who has been tagged as the Nigerian Dani Alves with his playing style similar to that of the former Barcelona and Brazil international.
Kolejo Yusuf Olalekan is a utility player who just pitched tent with FK Palanga.
In a chat with our correspondence he shared a little about how it all started.
“I am one of the few lucky ones alive,” he started.
“I was given the opportunity to travel out to stay with my Uncle in Abu Dhabi when I was 15, I schooled while playing for the school team.
“While playing for my school team I was scouted by Abu Dhabi from where I represented them at the U15, U16 and U17 in various football tournaments, a platform which afforded me the opportunity to play against the youth sides of Barcelona, Valencia, Torino and other big European clubs.
“It was from games like these that an international agent saw me and my professional football adventure started.
The young player spent six months with his first side Dubai Club before going on to represent Adafra club for three years.
The 20-year-old is currently on the books of Lithuania A lyga side FK Palanga.
“I recently joined my present club on a three year contract with an option of renewal.”
“I have always dreamt of playing professional football while I was still playing for my grassroot side 11 strikers. Thank God I can look back and say God has been faithful,” he recalled.
The Ondo state born player went further to disclose that even though he is eligible to represent the Qatari national team his heart is with the Nigerian national team and if called upon it will definitely define his career.
“Everyone’s dreams is to play for their respective national side and mine is not exception because I am eligible to play for Qatar but Nigeria is in my blood and I will never trade that for anything.”
“My dream is to represent my country of birth to win the world cup, but first I’ll have to do well with my club side by winning the league.
Conclusively the soft spoken winger said he wants to see himself playing for elite sides at the biggest stage in the next five years.