At times he is observed seriously during practice and soon he begins to joke with his African companions Ade Oguns and Osei Bonsu, with whom he becomes a couple every time he plays soccer tennis. Beyond his 21 years, Samson Akinyoola shows an unusual maturity in players of that age, due to his sense of collaboration and sacrifice on the court by being involved in all the offensive actions of the team.
“As a forward I have to get involved in any action. It is my goal and I think I am doing well ”, said the Beninese, commenting that he has participated in almost all the club's goals.
He admits that both Noel Sanvicente and Maurizio Lázzaro have helped him improve some facets of his game, which has resulted in him being more involved in the offensive zone to contribute goals. But they have also not only improved it individually but also collectively.
“I feel very good because we play as a team and everyone gives their best in every play. The coach gave me the instruction to know how to follow the opponent, press him up and be ready to understand what to do when we have the ball ”he commented.
In the three games that have been played, Akinyoola has played almost every minute (268 out of 270 possible), being an essential piece for Noel Sanvicente. It adapts perfectly to either of the two game schemes used by the coach, either in the 4-2-3-1 where it is a nine from the area with a lot of freedom, or in the 4-4-2, where it is plays on the outside while Miguel Celis or another of his teammates remains in the area.
"Certainly I feel more comfortable in the area, but I learned that I can play in other offensive areas and I am fine with all the coach's suggestions," he stressed.
Akinyoola has quickly adapted to the country. Since he arrived, he likes everything and always has a good gesture with every joke that his colleagues make. So far what he has liked the most are the beaches of La Guaira that he met in the preseason and he is grateful for having arrived at Caracas FC because they make him feel as if he were at home.