North Cyprus-based former youth international, Seyifunmi Adeleke has revealed reasons why many people did not get to hear about his birthday last month, as he says he opted to mark it in a low profiled manner.
Adeleke’s birthday was on Monday, January 29 but, rather than celebrate in an open way and carry his fans along with him, the fair-skinned left-footer opted for a quiet personal treat.
Not many soccer followers would remember that Adeleke actually started the first match late Coach Yemi Tella had in charge of the under-17 national team, Golden Eaglets in the qualifiers to Korea 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which the team went on to win.
However, in the first game against Rwanda, played at Dipo Dina Stadium, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Adeleke found the going tough as Nigeria’s top striker in the encounter, as he had been used before then to playing either as a winger, midfielder or left-back.
Adeleke, who then copped an injury that ruled him out of the Flying Eagles’ squad to Colombia 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, admits his career has been hit by tipsy-turvey setbacks, but says he is looking on the brighter side of life.
Consequently, Adeleke took to social media after training at Alsancak Mustafa Hidayet Çağlar Stadium in Karavas to show his appreciation to God for keeping him alive and helping him see another year added to his age.
The former SS Lazio and Salernitana of Italy as well as ex-Biel-Bienne of Switzerland and Western Sydney Wanderers of Australia versatile player hinted on Facebook that the grace of God has been his staying power during a chequered period of his career.
Adeleke stated in two separate posts: “God grace always sufficient. Stay with a low profile, not EVERYONE needs to know EVERYTHING about you!!!.”