Tolulope Ojo: Garba Lawal was my boyhood idol
Tolulope Ojo, a rising star of Nigeria’s Flying Eagles, received interest from several top teams across the globe during the January transfer window. However, the forward eventually signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Egyptian top club FC Pyramid. Since joining the club, Ojo has been consistent and recently made his debut with the first team. The move is expected to be the launch pad for his development and transfer to European football leagues. Ojo spoke with Samson Oti about his career so far and future ambitions.
When asked about his decision to play in the Egyptian league, Ojo said he chose Egypt after much consideration and that most of the European teams that offered him contracts were not as big as Pyramid FC. He sees the Egyptian league as a stepping stone to prepare him for Europe and wants to take it one step at a time. Ojo aims to represent Nigeria at the highest level and maintain progress by working hard and staying consistent.
Ojo admires Garba Lawal, a former Nigerian midfielder, and Lionel Messi, but wants to remain true to his own style of play. His dream is to play for top European clubs, win many trophies, and represent Nigeria to achieve more trophies. Ojo’s mother and Bayo Olanlege inspire his career as a player, and if he were not a footballer, he would have become a musician.
Despite being a fan of Real Madrid, Ojo supports Chelsea. His major target at FC Pyramid is to win trophies with the team and help them reach the FIFA World Club Cup. Ojo is focused on working hard on and off the pitch and giving his best in training to replicate the great form that took him to the club.