Emerging the best goalkeeper at the 2013 FIFA under 17 world cup in Dubai, UAE was a great feat for Nigerian Goal keeper, Dele Alampasu.
Popularly called by his surname, Alampasu, his tale has been one that can be best themed “grass to grace”. Dele has risen from a street goalkeeper to a gold winner in five major tournaments withing the period of 1 year.
Dele started his football career like most young Nigerians playing on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria. He and his team members groom their skills playing for local church teams. Several times, he had to take up mania jobs like cleaning and volunteer services to sustain himself while pursuing his passion as a goalkeeper.
In 2012, Dele won a gold medal with his local council development team Ojodu in the Lagos Junior League. This was the beginning of greater achievements to come. He went on to win gold with team Lagos at the Annual national Sports festival which was hosted by Lagos the same year.
A new point in his carrer started when he was selected to represent Nigeria at the 2013 FIFA u-17 world cup. After much screening in camp, Dele emerge Nigeria’s team first choice keeper. This was a choice by the team coach that will make a great difference in the tournament which started in October 2013.
Dele Alampasu went on to become the first African U-17 goalkeeper to be awarded the golden glove as the best keeper of the FIFA world cup tournament. His incredible saves in the final match against Mexico help Nigeria secure a perfect victory and convinced all that he has all it takes to secure the goal net.
“I thank God for what I have achieved and credit him for my success”, these were Dele Alampasu’s expressions when he visited his church, First Assembly after the tournament to express gratitude to God for his achievement.
Withing a period of one year, Dele Alampasu has evolved from a local goalkeeper to a world champion. He has been invited to the Super Eagle team (Nigeria national team) ahead of the African Nations Cup coming up in 2014. No doubt he will continue to keep the nets safe as a goalkeeper.