Spectators at the Osogbo Township Stadium, on Thursday, May 18 stood in ecstasy and applauded the 13-year-old Hammola FC’s youngest forward, Daramola Olasunkanmi as he set a record of becoming the youngest player to be fielded and scored in the Nigeria Nationwide League One (NLO).
Daramola, who made his league debut in Hammola’s game against HMK FC which ended goalless at the Osogbo township stadium on Tuesday, May 16 was brought on in the second half of the match against Victory Police and quickly settled down in the game with mesmerizing display and well-tailored passes.
In the 77th minute of the game, where Hammola was comfortably leading by two unreplied goals, Daramola connected well with a fine cross by Onifade Gafar to nod home the third goal and stretched the scoreline beyond the reach of Victory Police whose misfiring attackers were pinned down by the iron gate of Hammola, manned by Adeola Nifemi and Abdullah’s Gbotemi.
Daramola was also involved in the build-up to the fourth goal scored by Faleye Dunsin who apparently was voted man of the match after two fantastic second half goals.
Speaking about Daramola, Head Coach of Hammola FC, Jamiu Mudathir said “he can play as a striker, from right, left wing, as well as behind the striker. He could as well play in the midfield as he’s just such a young, good player”.
“He is an asset. That’s why we promoted him from Hammola FC Feeders to the main team. If he keeps going the way he’s going, he will, in no distant time become one of the national team players,” said Coach Mudathir.
Reacting to his performance in the games against HMK and Victory Police, Chief Executive Officer of the Club, Muhydeen Odeyemi said “I think he took a lot of people by surprise when the coach brought him in. For me, it’s no surprise because I’ve been watching him in training and I know he’s such a talented young player.
“Giving him the opportunity in the league is a good one and the best way to introduce him to the big stage. It’s a gradual process and we hope he’ll soon be a national star. This is part of our club’s quest to discover young, budding talents from the grassroot and nurture them to stardom,” concluded Odhelee, as he is popularly called”.