Hakeem Onitolo, who bagged a first-class in Engineering at Unilag, units sight on skilled soccer

Hakeem Onitolo, who bagged a first-class in Engineering at Unilag, units sight on skilled soccer
Hakeem on the Mobolaji Johnson Stadium in Lagos State, Nigeria.

Balancing sports activities and lecturers

Balancing sports activities and lecturers was no simple feat for Hakeem. With rigorous coaching classes and demanding coursework vying for his consideration, he knew that efficient time administration can be the important thing to his success. Decided to excel in each fields, he correctly deliberate his schedule, allocating particular occasions for coaching and learning, by no means permitting one pursuit to overshadow the opposite.

“I gained’t lie, it was not simple, as a result of while you come again from coaching, you’re drained. I see issues in another way as a result of if I say I’m drained, I’ve time to press my telephone. If I can press my telephone, then I can do different issues as effectively, so there’s no excuse. I prevented taking part in for overly demanding groups that didn’t accommodate my tutorial schedule, which is why I selected to not play for skilled groups throughout my research,” the versatile attacker mentioned.

Greatest Graduating Pupil, College of Environmental Science, College of Lagos.

Greatest Graduating Pupil, Division of Property Administration, College of Lagos.

FESSA Dean’s cup x 3 (Highest purpose scorer x 2)

EMSA HOD cup x 2

EMSA Ballon D’or x 1

FESSA Sportsman of the yr x… pic.twitter.com/Nn1JmtkpbD

— SCOREpion 🦂⚽🔥 (@Hakeem_Onitolo) January 16, 2024

Hakeem performed for his departmental staff, carting a number of awards, on and off the pitch. He turned famend for his goalscoring prowess, incomes him the favored “H9” identify on campus, since he donned the quantity 9 jersey.

Regardless of the challenges he confronted, Hakeem’s tutorial achievements shone brightly, highlighting his relentless pursuit of excellence. He studied with vigour and it paid off handsomely when he graduated with first-class honours.

“I mentioned it earlier, I merely did what wanted to be executed. I learn as quickly as I used to be out of sophistication, and I didn’t wait till exams received close to, which is why I mentioned not many individuals can do what I do, I’m totally different. The most important distinction between first-class college students and others is the quantity of preparation executed prematurely.”

Onitolo in motion.


Hakeem’s journey was not with out its obstacles. Like a variety of African mother and father, Hakeem’s mother and father weren’t precisely large followers of his aspirations to change into a footballer, and alongside the road, his father handed away. Whereas it was exhausting to be financially steady juggling life as a student-athlete, he had family and friends to lean on for assist. After some time, he was allowed to chase his dream.

“It was a tussle between my mum and I, however I didn’t hear. Coaches got here to my mum to talk to her to permit me to play, however she didn’t budge. After some time, she realized it was both she allowed me to pursue my goals, or she’d threat shedding her son. It received a bit simpler after that,” the striker advised Soccernet.ng.

Hakeem Onitolo: Born To Rating!!#H9 💪🏾⚽️🔥
1/4 pic.twitter.com/wb08Q0u6G4

— SCOREpion 🦂⚽🔥 (@Hakeem_Onitolo) April 18, 2021

Desires and Aspirations: Trying to the Future

Quizzed on his favorite second of his profession thus far, the 5-ft-11-in tall striker recalled bailing out his departmental soccer staff within the remaining of the HOD’s cup.

“We have been a purpose down, and we had simply 5 minutes to play. It was the final motion of the sport and I scored, taking the sport to penalties the place we ultimately gained. I used to be so glad, however the most effective is but to return.”

From clutch targets to championship victories, he left an indelible mark within the UNILAG soccer world. But, amidst the glory and accolades, he finds fulfilment in victory as a staff.

“It’s not nearly my targets. What’s the purpose if my staff doesn’t win once I rating? That’s why I give my all on the pitch, even other than scoring. I’m going again to go corners out, I press from the entrance, and typically shout if I can, as a result of I wish to see my staff win.”

Hakeem Onitolo celebrating together with his teammates.

An avid Liverpool fan, Hakeem’s dream as a footballer will likely be donning the white colors of Actual Madrid and taking part in for the Tremendous Eagles of Nigeria.

“My dream is to play for Actual Madrid. I’ve all the time mentioned it. They’re an establishment that represents footballing excellence. I consider I’m a really gifted participant and deserving of a profession in sports activities. An expert soccer profession will enable me to encourage and assist others on a bigger scale, and that features taking part in for Nigeria. I do know I will likely be a fantastic footballer, however whether or not or not I’ll play for Madrid will depend on the tiny margins of life and future.”

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