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West Ham Striker Oladapo Afolayan Plays Two Games In Less Than 24 Hours, Scores Debut Goal

West Ham Striker Oladapo Afolayan Plays Two Games In Less Than 24 Hours, Scores Debut Goal

West Ham striker Oladapo Afolayan has hit headlines after playing two games in less than 24 hours.

The 23-year-old played for the club's Under 23 squad on Friday night but was then called up to the first-team for the FA Cup fourth round tie with Doncaster Rovers.

He entered the fray in the 70th minute and eight minutes later, Afolayan marked his senior debut with a goal in the 4-0 win. Rather interestingly, Afolayan was not even not named among the scorers by Sky Sports - instead simply referred to as "unknown".

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Afolayan's opportunity has been a long time coming. He spent time in the youth system at Toronto FC and later turned out for Loughborough University and Solihull Moors.

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After signing for West Ham in February 2018, he spent time on loan at Oldham Athletic and Mansfield Town.

"I played 60 minutes last night and when I came off I got told I was in the squad for the game today. It was just about keeping myself ready and prepared. I went home, rested well and prepared for the game today.

"It's really special. I've played in the FA Cup before and had some good memories - I've played away at Ossett Town with Solihull Moors a few years ago so I've been all the way down there.

"To score at the London Stadium in the FA Cup fourth round is a dream come true."

Topics: Football News, Football, West Ham United, West Ham

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