FORMER national team and Reggiana of Italy goalkeeper, Dosu Joseph, tells Ajibade Olusesan tales of the glorious moments of his career and the car accident that reduced him to the crutches.
How did you start playing football?
Football to me is life. I started playing football since my primary school days. Like every other kid in the street, I started kicking cans, oranges and so on. It became serious when I got to secondary school. I attended famous Igbobi College Lagos. My school was one of the best in football then and I represented the school. My first youth team was All Stars Football Club at Iwaya (in Lagos) and from there I joined Nigerlock Football Club in Agege where we won everything we were supposed to win in Ikeja Divisional Football League. Then from there I moved to Julius Berger where I became important part of the club and I am happy I helped them win the FA Cup before I left.
You burst into limelight following your performance at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics in USA. You were the only home-based player in the squad despite your being largely unknown, how were you able to win first team shirt?
I was not the number one before the competition but my determination and confidence put me through. When you have a coach who believes in you as a player you don’t have any problem and in this case we had a technical adviser who is a foreigner. Bonfrere Jo looked at all of us