When Dele Alli first burst onto the scene with Tottenham in the 2015/2016 season, his name quickly struck a chord among Nigerians.
The name ‘Dele” was clearly of Yoruba descent and soon enough it bespoke that he was born to a Nigerian father Kehinde.
An ‘aha’ moment that soon made him very topical to the Nigerian press, Premier League enthusiasts in Nigeria and expectedly whispers of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) having a crack at recruiting him.
Disappointingly, Alli had no tie-in with Nigeria and has gone on to become a full England international.
Alli, however, is not in this group.
As a child, he spent almost a year in Nigeria with his father and attended a school in Lagos.
Dele Alli is a Yoruba prince through his birth. (Sunday Mirror)According to his father Kehinde, Alli is a Yoruba prince through his birth.
He had a very close relationship with Kehinde and relocated with him to Houston, Texas. Alli was his father’s best man when he married his second wife Lola in 2006.
Alli was the best man in his father’s second wedding in 2006 (Sunday Mirror )So why is Alli who spent almost a year in Nigeria and had a good relationship with this father so far removed from his Nigerian roots?
Alli was born in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom in April 1996 to Kehinde and an English woman Denise. Kehinde who was in the United Kingdom studying for a Masters at De Montfort University had met Denise at a nightclub