Off-The-Pitch With Bayelsa Utd’s Oduokpe

Oghogho Alexander Oduokpe started this season’s Glo Premier League at Sunshine Stars where he scored four goals in the first round before completing a switch to Bayelsa United in the mid-season transfer window.
The striker has scored five goals so far this season including a free kick goal in March for Sunshine Stars at Dolphins that won him the Wonder Goal Award III.
Oduokpe had previously played for Rangers International and Warri Wolves tells lmc-ng.org about his off-the-pitch likes and dislikes.
Do you have any nickname?
I’m Oghogho Alexander Oduokpe, but my fans call me ‘Raul’.

Most expensive thing bought as a player?
Nothing is as expensive or as priceless as my donation to humanity. I have bought a car, I have bought a piece of land, and I have bought many good things of life. But, the priceless thing I have done is visiting the orphanage, where I put smiles on the faces of the less privileged in the society. I thank God for using me to touch the lives of many people.

Nigerian footballer you see as a role model?
This is hard to answer because we have many talented players in Nigeria. However, Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel is a player I really like. I love his lifestyle, I love his style of play and he is just a player I like naturally. Having said that, I like my old and new teammates, but few of them are Ekigho Ehiosun, Fegor Ogude, Ejike Uzoenyi and I’m happy they are doing well with their clubs.

Favourite jersey number?
I like number 19 because, I feel great in it.

Favourite colour?
Black and white are my favourite colours any day.

Embarrassing moment you’ve experienced?
Oh! That was sometime this season while playing in a Glo Nigeria Premier League, NPL match for Bayelsa United. I was substituted after just 35 minutes of play. I have never witnessed such an embarrassing moment until that match, in fact, I was mad when I was asked to leave the pitch, but that’s life.

Brand of first boot?
My first brand of boot was Nike, it’s a nice design.

How much did you first earn as a professional player?
Hahahaha (a round of laughter)… what! That was N15,000. I got the amount while playing for an amateur one club in Oleh, Delta State.

If you had N20 million to spend, what is the first thing you’ll buy?
That’s supposed to be a personal thing, but since you insist you want to know, the first thing I will do is to pay my Tithe. After that, I will pay my vows and then invest the remaining amount in profitable ventures.

What other sports do you do?
I like athletics events because I used to run for my schools back then. I was also doing acrobatic displays during my school days, in short, I was a multi-talented athlete before I settled to play football.

-Culled from lmn-ng.org.


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