Fatai Abdullahi has been a vital member in the side for Abia Warriors this season as well as in other previous seasons since joining the team from Ikorodu United. The defensive-midfielder who can function excellently as a central midfielder has played seventeen games this season and has six goals to his name. His aggression and tenacity in the middle of the park has led to him becoming one of the unsung heroes in the side with the midfield maestro completing ninety-six per cent of his carries in the midfield for Abia Warriors this season.
“I am grateful that I got an opportunity to play and I always do my best. Honestly I was mentally ready from the beginning, I understood how the gaffer wants the team to play and what is expected from me, so whenever i don the club jersey i always try to be outstanding” , said Fatai
Fatai possesses aerial prowess and a ball-winning ability which he uses to break up plays of opposition. The versatile player can play as a central midfielder, a role he has been playing for the team under Coach Imama Amapakabo
.“So far I’ve enjoyed those positions that I played in the team, I adapt to what the team needs from me and am happy to help where the coach thinks I am better to play and contribute”, said Fatai
This season Fatai has emerged as a starting candidate in a midfield filled with experienced campaigners such as Nzube Anaezemba, Daniel Wotlai,Yakub Hamme and Anthony Okemmirii, and the midfielder shared what he has learned the senior figures in the side: “I am learning a lot from most of my midfield pair, their level of professionalism is at another level, as well as their leadership. They are humble and they encourage everyone to do well whether they play or not, they work hard but smart, they are winners, I’ll say their experience rubs off on us, that’s what I like about any one am paired along in the middle of the park”.
When asked about what attributes he has improved mostly on since playing under Imama Amapakabo, the eager Fatai finished off by saying:” I think being able to shoot the ball with precision, taking penalties and set pieces with which i have been able to score all 5goals with”