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
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