Springfield soccer player excels with prosthetic leg

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. _ A Springfield athlete isn’t afraid to laugh at some of the quirks that come with playing soccer with a prosthetic leg.  For example, David Odun-Ayo wears a shin guard on his prosthesis. The Glendale High School senior chuckles, saying, “The rules are rules.”

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the native Nigerian was born with part of his right leg missing. When he went out for soccer this year, he initially told the coaches he was a midfielder, a mixture of offense and defense. But Glendale’s coaches liked his aggressive style of play and relentless hustle, so they made him a forward.

He also has played football and wrestled at Glendale.

To many, he’s an inspiration. He just wants to be one of the guys.


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