Super Eagles Forward, Aluko Relishes Thanksgiving service With Students
It was a memorable moment last week as the Nigerian international and FC Fulham forward, Omatsone Aluko was hosted to a Thanksgiving Service where he admonished students to uphold the principle of self-control in their daily lives.
The two-time capped Super Eagles player spoke during the thanksgiving service organized by Sovereign Army Christian Fellowship, University of Lagos Chapter on Monday, June 12 at the J.F Ade Ajayi Auditorium of the University.
Aluko, who last represented Nigeria in November 2014 in the qualifying round for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, said he is not frustrated at the lack of opportunities of not playing for the Super Eagles for over two years.
He however, advised students to learn from how he has been able to control his emotions over this period as he said it will help them achieve greater height.
He said, “I am still waiting for my opportunities to fulfil my dreams for the Super Eagles. I’m not nervous, nor frustrated, I’m not angry with the coach, I can’t control if I am being picked but I can control how I react when I am picked. You can also learn from that. Care less on things you can’t control, but work on how you react to them.”
Unlike his sister, Eniola Aluko who plies her trade at Chelsea female team and opted to play for England ahead of the Super Falcons, Omatsone Aluko who represented England at Under 16, 17, 18, and 19 level said the desire to be like two Nigeria ex internationals informed his decision of choosing Nigeria ahead of the Three Lions of England.
According to Aluko, as a little boy, the dream was to become like Austin Jay-Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu.
When Aluko was quizzed by a student whether he believes he deserves a chance ahead of some players fielded by Gernot Rohr in the Super Eagles loss to the Bafana Bafana of South Africa earlier this month, Aluko, though, expressed his displeasure at being out of the team for a long time, but said the coach knows what was best for the team.
“I can’t say I deserved to be there more than anyone; I’m not the one to decide that. Will I like to be there? Yes, but I’ve to focus right now on what I’m doing for Fulham. Hopefully, I will get a call up.”
Aluko who signed for free for FC Fulham in the summer of 2016, has made a total number of 48 appearances in all competitions, scored nine goals and also contributed four assists as his club finished sixth in the English Championship last season.
From Olatosimi Fadahunsi and Trust Inonse, UNILAG
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