Saturday, 18 April 2015

Ayo Obileye: Hope of playing for Nigeria fading (See profile)


Charlton Athletic central defender, Ayomide Obileye, who now plays for League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge FC on a loan deal is fast losing interest on his earlier believe and aspiration of playing for the Nigerian national soccer team.
The 20-year-old whose dream is to play for the Samson Siasia-tutored Dream Team VI possibly at the Rio 2016 Olympic soccer event after he must have helped in the
qualifying series, is apprehensive that, since he declared his intention to play for Nigeria ahead of England, nobody in the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has spoken to him on the matter nor sent a message to indicate interest in him since November 2014.
Obileye, revealed that peradventure he gets invitations from the English Football Association and the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, at the same time to play for the countries national teams, he would gladly embrace the invitation from Nigeria because he has already made up his mind on what to do when such situation arises.
“I would like to play for both Nigeria and England, but love most to play for Nigeria because it is where I originated from and the real home of my family.
I would consider playing for Nigeria’s Olympic Team ahead of England Under-21s if I get both invitations on the same day. Yes, my parents would love me to play for Nigeria. We have discussed that before and it is a foregone conclusion.” For Ayo Obileye who models his defensive game after Ledley King and Rio Ferdinand, is not happy the national team selectors in Nigeria have not looked his way since his declaration to play for Nigeria.
The youthful player who once played for the first team of Sheffield Wednesday when he was aged 16, against Bradford City in the Football League Trophy in 2011 was born in Homerton University Hospital in the London Borough of Hackney to Nigerian parents. Obileye started his career in the youth system at Leyton Orient, before joining Chelsea as a schoolboy. He stayed with the club until 2011, but failed to earn a scholarship with the club.
He was made captain of the Development Squad for the 2012-13 season, and was awarded with his first professional contract for the club in May 2013, signing a one-year deal on completion of his scholarship.
In March 2014, he was linked with moves away from the club as he wanted to return to his London roots, and spent short-time training with Premier League side Crystal Palace. In May 2014, he left Sheffield Wednesday at the end of his contract having only made one first team appearance, turning down a new deal.
In October of same year, Obileye signed for Football League Championship side Charlton Athletic after impressing on trial. He initially signed on a short-term deal, but in November his contract was extended until June 2015.
Later in the month he signed for Football League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge on a one-month youth loan deal. As part of the loan agreement he was still eligible to play for Charton’s U-21 Development Squad. He made his debut on the same day, coming on as a substitute in the 1-0 away defeat to AFC Wimbledon.
In December 2014, his loan was extended for a further month, having made four appearances for the Daggers. He continued to have a positive impact in the Daggers back-line and in January 2015 his loan was again extended for a further month. He continued to remain a permanent fixture in the Daggers defence, extending his stay in February 2015 until the end of the season. The 20-year-old joined the League Two side in November and has played 13 times, contributing two assists.

Ayo Obileye Profile


Full name: Stephen Ayomide
Oluwagbenga Obileye
Date of birth: 2 Sept. 1994 (age 20)
Place of birth: Homerton, England
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position: Defender
Current team: Dagenham & Redbridge
Number: 25
Youth career: Leyton Orient
?–2011: Chelsea
2011–2013: Sheffield Wednesday
Senior Career: 2011–2014
Sheffield Wednesday
2014– Charlton Athletic

2014– Dagenham & Redbridge

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