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Palace Park star shines with the ‘Wee Govan Pipers’

Written by  Bruno Pantaleoni
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Summary
- Damilola Fadun plays for Palace Park and is also a part of the Wee Govan Pipers
- Damilola recently featured in a BBC Alba documentary about the Wee Govan Pipers
- Depsite his love for both, Damilola’s father admits football is still number one. 
 
How many talented Nigerian footballers can you think off? The likes of Obi Mikel and Ighalo might pop on your mind and many others, we bet. Now, how many talented Nigerian bagpipers can you think off?
 
Meet Damilola Fadun. The Palace Park star, who is also part of the Wee Govan Pipers, where he practices – and is really good at – the traditional Scottish instrument.
 
Dami has been involved with the piper group for one and a half years. It all started as the school he attends sent out a letter asking if he wanted to play bagpipes or drums, with an opportunity to play in the World Championships in 2017, in New York. Dami jumped at that chance and opted for the pipes.
 
“He is looking forward to the competition in the US. He really enjoys playing bagpipes”, says his father, Solomon Fadun, who came to Scotland to study for a PhD.
 
Recently, BBC Alba did a documentary on The Wee Gowan Pipers. To Dami’s teammates, it was a surprising revelation. “They didn’t know that not only he was a talented footballer, but also at playing the bagpipes. He’s now a bit of a superstar in Govan and his teammates are keen to listen to him playing.”
 
Performing on stage, or performing on field, doesn’t really seem to make a difference, as Dami shows confidence doing both. Dividing time between the field of play and music is a rare combination for footballers, but one which might prove helpful. Playing the bagpipes helps with lung function, which can only aid the development of stamina for a young athlete.
 
For the Glaswegian club, it seems they don’t have to worry about losing a player to music. “If he had to choose between music and football, he would rather play football”, guarantees Dami’s father. Palace Park will be relieved.

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