Nigerian striker Peter Olayinka has looked back on the past and how he went through rough times before becoming a professional footballer.
Olayinka has been impressive for Slavia Prague this season. He scored against Inter Milan in the Champions League to become the first Nigerian to find the net on his Champions League debut since Yakubu Aiyegbeni’s hat-trick for Maccabi Haifa against Olympiakos in September 2002.
The 23-year-old said his father did not support his football ambition initially.
“At first my dad didn’t support me,” he told Brilla FM.
“I was on the streets for a very long time, things weren’t easy. I suffered mostly growing up; things were difficult.
“I would drink garri and kuli-kuli or go on an empty stomach after practice. But I kept my focus and would pray for a breakthrough.
“Later he (dad) noticed I could make a living from it and he became my number one fan. He bought me playing kits and my boots.”
Olayinka is expected to make his debut for Nigeria on October 13 against Brazil at the National Stadium in Singapore.