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Dapo doolally for digital games

On-loan Watford forward interviewed ahead of Sunderland match

11 February 2022

Far from simply being competitive on the Plough Lane pitch, Dapo Mebude is taking the game to his team-mates on the virtual equivalent!

The gruelling winter schedule has thrown up plenty of away trips for the Dons and as a result the FIFA 22 game has proven to be a popular way to pass the time.

“We played on the way up to Burton,” explains Dapo. “I did get beaten in my first game (by Nesta Guinness-Walker) because I was a bit relaxed, but when I turned on the burners, I battered Ayoub! That game has been coming for a while – the boys were shocked!”

“I’m going to need to rematch Nesta to put things right. Henry’s good too but we haven’t played for a while because of his injury, so I’d put myself up there.”

Of course, preparations for the weekend are top of the list of priorities for the team as we gear up for another home game - Sunderland at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Dapo is certainly relishing the opportunity to get back to winning ways.

“There’s a lot of quality in the squad, so I believe and back the team to get the results and climb up the table,” he said.

“When there’s a lot of competition within the squad that can only be better for players. It keeps you hungry to keep your position. It’s a team game, so no one is in it for themselves.”

As well as showcasing his skills on a games console, the winger also likes to express himself through fashion with tracksuits being his go-to choice at present.

“I’ve got a Pangaia tracksuit on today – they can give me a sponsorship if they want (laughs)!

“I’m more an all-black tracksuit kind of guy rather than someone that goes for a lot of colours like D (Darius Charles). That’s too much - pure and simple wins the race sometimes.”

Turning attentions back to Sunderland, there is an extra motivation for Dapo to get a result against the promotion chasers this weekend. His old Glasgow Rangers team-mate and friend, Jermain Defoe, is ikely to be involved against the Dons.

“I last saw him in October for his birthday,” said the 20-year-old.

“The match is going to be a good occasion, it’s a big game, there’s going to be plenty of fans there and our personal relationship is going to get put to the side.

“We need to get three points and that’s all that matters right now.”

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