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Yonda Abogunrin is the third Tiger to play professionally in the last four years

Yonda Abogunrin to play soccer professionally in Sweden

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Monday, August 04, 2014 at 10:24 AM

BOURBONNAIS, Illinois — Congratulations are in store for former Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer standout, Yonda Abogunrin, a 2014 graduate. Yonda has signed his first professional contract to play soccer with IFK Stockyard/Rörvik IF (Sweden). 

He traveled to Europe with Bridges FC, along with former ONU players Cory Miller and Josh Ayers. Bridges FC is a Christian soccer club in Chicago that promotes unsigned players with professional talent to professional teams all over the world. IFK Stockyard/Rörvik IF is currently in the middle of their season and will begin to use Yonda immediately.

Yonda came to ONU from Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. He became a staple in the Tigers' starting lineup as an outside back. He was a two-time CCAC All-Conference Second Team Selection (2011, 2012), a two-time Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete and CCAC All-Academic Team member (2012-2013) and was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Men’s Soccer First Team.

Yonda becomes the third ONU men’s soccer player to sign a professional contract in the last four years, joining Cory Miller (NASL & USL) and Josh Ayers (Ecuadorian Serie A).

Head Coach David Blahnik commented on Yonda’s time at ONU: “I am very excited for Yonda. He is one of the hardest working student-athletes I have ever been around. He embodied what it meant to be an ONU student-athlete. He was a fantastic player and great teammate who always played as hard as he could while still showing great sportsmanship. He was a fantastic student and was twice named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete in the difficult field of mechanical engineering. Most importantly, Yonda always represented ONU in a great way as a godly man and was a great spiritual influence to anyone who knew him.”

“Studying mechanical engineering and playing soccer at Olivet taught me time management and discipline,” Yonda said about his experience at Olivet. “Following graduation, I was confident of my ability to hold my own and standout as a professional. The Christian atmosphere at ONU enabled me to grow spiritually. My experience at ONU pushed me to seek more of God and to pursue a deeper relationship with Him. What I learned during my four years is still shaping my spiritual journey.”