England-based players’ agent Olusola Orelaja has declared that his player Dele Alampasu is not clubless as he has signed a contract with Portuguese club Estoril.
“It is ridiculous to say Dele Alampasu is clubless. My client is not clubless as he signed the dotted line for Estoril Priar FC Portugal 24 hours into the January transfer window 2015,” said Orelaja.
“Alampasu did not cook up the story of his signature as Estoril reported it on their website, photographic evidences, newspaper, Internet and social media testified.
“My feeling is some people are just looking for excuses, may be they were surprised Samson Siasia invites Alampasu ahead of the qualifying game against Congo.”
He further said: “I truly believe we Nigerians should put the interest of the nation first because judging from Alampasu outstanding performance at the U17 World Cup 2013 as the Best Goalkeeper (Golden Gloves) in the world, he deserved to be encouraged.
“Alampasu was invited by FIFA as dignitaries to witness the annual Fifa Ballon d’Or to demonstrate his effort.
“In my opinion, I reckon he deserves to be the first-choice at the just concluded U20 World Cup in New Zealand as a progression from U17, he has the experience, confidence and a better player in goal.
“Furthermore we can recall that after the U17 World Cup, Alampasu was the only player that Stephen Keshi included when he released 23-man squad to African Nations Championship (CHAN) 2014 South Africa.”
“My phone has never stopped ringing with calls from clubs who want to sign him. He has been to Genk (Belgium), Real Oviedo(Spain), Sporting Braga(Portugal) before we settled for Estoril,” said Orelaja, who disclosed that Alampasu is the first African goalkeeper to sign for a professional club in Europe at 18.

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