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Bola Dawodu on his singing antics and Canterbury City's FA Vase dream

By Steve Tervet

It might be in Canterbury City's interests to delay Bola Dawodu on his way to Cray Valley's ground on Sunday.

Dawodu was the last player to arrive at Salters Lane for the quarter-final against Biggleswade and what happened next went viral.

The midfielder had his team-mates clapping and cheering as he belted out 'La Bamba' with dance moves included.

Bola Dawodu on the ball for Canterbury Picture: Paul Amos
Bola Dawodu on the ball for Canterbury Picture: Paul Amos

Dawodu even grabbed a broom as a makeshift microphone halfway through his routine, which soon spread like wildfire on social media.

His antics lightened the mood ahead of Canterbury's biggest game for years - and they went on to win 2-1.

"Being on time isn't late!" Dawodu laughed. "I was last in the changing-room so I thought 'how can I bring the energy to the boys?'

"Everyone loves 'La Bamba' and it was good. I'm just glad we won the game, otherwise that video wouldn't have been posted!

"I actually had to turn my phone off for a little bit.

"That was Sunday and I had the Monday off work because I had an exam on Tuesday. I was trying to get my last bit of revision in and my phone was just ping, ping, ping.

"I don't want to ignore anyone but it was crazy.

"It was really good press for the club. The main thing is the new stadium but for a club like this, with the players and the potential, having a home is the basis you would expect.

"Hopefully, going forward, that gets sorted and we can make history together."

Dawodu spent seven years at Faversham, on and off, later playing for Whitstable and Sittingbourne before joining Canterbury in January.

By his own admission he's not their best player but will match anyone for work-rate.

Dawodu said: "Growing up, you've got to be honest with yourself and I was never the most technically gifted player but if you can work hard for your team-mates, put a challenge in and win the ball back, someone else goes and puts it in the top corner.

"He'll win the headlines but within the team, everyone knows the people who have worked hard to get you in those positions. I don't mind doing a bit of dirty work here and there."

Dawodu, who works an an insurance under-writer, is determined not to let this incredible opportunity pass him by.

"Words can never explain how important it is," he said. "Day to day, I've been thinking about football, what can I do to keep myself in good shape, get to the gym, everything.

"If you put your all in and it doesn't work out for you, you can't look back and regret it."

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