FIFA U20 World Cup: From Tanke League to the World Cup, your dreams don't chase you, you chase them- Ogundare Detan


It is generally believed that sports is a social tool which helps to promote inter ethnic relationships and football has played a vital role in this regard.

When you hear the name Tanke in football circles, Suraj Ayeleso of Kano Pillars will easily come to mind. Tanke is a local area in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Ogundare Detan, a great lover and player of the game of basketball will be on hand at the FIFA U20 World Cup, not as a spectator but as one of the three goalkeepers that will be saddled with the responsibilities of protecting the Nigerian goal post at the event in Poland.


In his words, Detan believes that with God and hard work, nothing is impossible to achieve.

"My transition from the Tanke League to the World Cup is an amazing story which would had never been complete without giving God the full credits, Detan revealed''.


He is a product of the grassroot tourney Tanke tagged Tanke-Tanke (The Tanke League) where he played for Harmony FC under the watchful eyes of Coach Henry Agbonoye aka Amicable.

Coach Henry in his words described the youngster as a very humble and ambitious player during his formative years with him.

"Detan is obviously one of the best players I enjoyed working with during his grassroots days. He is a very humble and hardworking player who is willing to learn irrespective of who you are. The first day I saw him I knew he was primed for the top, Coach Henry disclosed".

Detan who joined his current club Kogi United from The Kwara Football Academy revealed that his early years playing the Tanke League has really helped him become who he is today.

"Tanke Tanke (Tanke League) to the world cup has been a great achievement because nobody could actually expect a boy like me would had gotten this far but with God and my great efforts what seemed impossible has become possible".


On his mood ahead of the world cup the 18 years old said though the journey hasn't been easy but he is extremely excited at the prospect of featuring at the world biggest stage stating that everything is all about God, luck and hard work. He noted that in life, dreams don't chase you, you chase your dreams.


On his target in Poland,

"The aspiration is to come out with a flying colours and eventually win the world cup therefore making Nigerians proud. And on a personal level I will love to play in Europe so as to make my mark as an elite goalkeeper making my friends, fans and family proud, he concluded".

When eventually the Flying Eagles of Nigeria files of the Stadion Miejski Tychach, Tychy against Qatar on Friday a Tanke boy will be on hand to write his name on the sand of time.

Author: Adams Jesse Odoba-Yacham
A Nigerian with passion for the NPFL Football, npfl

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