One player who has caught the attention of fans and media in the ongoing seventh edition of the Adamu Yola Gombe South Unity Cup is Danladi Baka.
Danladi Baka plays for Billiri Local Government’s Komta United FC and has sent his team to the final of the competition.
In the semifinal match played, Danladi Baka gave a man of the match performance, when he scored a double and had an assist. His gutsy performance saw his team beat Highlanders FC Ture 3-2 to meet Kaltungo Boys in the final.
Watching Danladi play will remind you of Super Eagles player Odion Jude Ighalo. His mugging game, his work rate and his commitment will make one wonder if he was a professional footballer or played in the league before.
To our greatest surprise, we are informed that Danladi has not played in any league professionally.
Danladi Baka has so far scored 3 goals to make him the joint top scorer in the round of 16.
His unique goal celebration is another unique feature of Danladi. Every time he scores, he runs to the corner flag and holds it like a stick with his other hand at his waist.
For fans of the Premier League, they will remember Samuel Eto’s celebration when he was playing for Chelsea when his then manager José Mourinho told him he was “old”.
When the media caught up with Danladi after his performance against Highlanders FC Ture yesterday, he said: “The reason behind my celebration is that some people say I’m old, they say I can’t play anymore. That is why I celebrate as Samuel Eto did when he scored for Chelsea in a game against Tottenham in the Premier League”.
On how he thinks Komta United can win the final against Kaltungo Boys, “It has not been easy to reach the final of the 7th edition of the Adamu Yola Unity Cup and to take the trophy home, we must play as a team. We must work for each other and together if we want to win,” he said.
Danladi had good words for the organizers: “For the organizers of Adamu Yola, I must say that they have been excellent. I must congratulate the sponsor and hope that he will continue as long as God gives him strength.
“In Gombe State, I have never seen a competition as well organized as this and I must congratulate the organizing committee,” he enthused.
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