Anthony Ujah

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Anthony Ujah
Anthony Ujah 2011.jpg
Personal information
Full name Anthony Ujah
Date of birth (1990-10-14) 14 October 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth Ugbokolo, Nigeria
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
1. FC Köln
Number 9
Youth career
2003–2005 Abuja FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Abuja FC 35 (18)
2008–2009 Warri Wolves 22 (13)
2010–2011 Lillestrøm 36 (27)
2011–2013 1. FSV Mainz 05 12 (2)
2012–2013 1. FC Köln (loan) 28 (13)
2013– 1. FC Köln 36 (12)
National team
2012– Nigeria U23 2 (1)
2013– Nigeria 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 July 2013

Anthony Ujah (born 14 October 1990) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a striker for the German side 1. FC Köln and the Nigeria national team.

Early life[edit]

Ujah grew up in the little town of Ugbokolo in Nigeria's Benue State.

Club career[edit]

Ujah began his career with Abuja F.C. In 2008, he was signed by Warri Wolves.[1] He left Warri Wolves F.C. in January 2010 and signed for Lillestrøm and made his debut on 14 March 2010 against Aalesunds FK.[2]

Lillestrøm[edit]

In January 2011, Ujah was linked with a move to England with Football League One clubs Swindon Town F.C. and Southampton F.C. reportedly interested.

On transfer deadline day, Ujah travelled to Spanish La Liga side Real Mallorca to discuss a move after Lillestrøm accepted a bid for the striker.[3] However, no deal was signed, and Ujah started the 2011 campaign still in the Norway with Lillestrøm.

In the first game of the season on 3 March 2011, Ujah scored four goals in Lillestrøm's convincing 7–0 victory away against Stabæk.[4] Following his strong performance, it was reported that Dutch powerhouse PSV Eindhoven[5] were keeping tabs on Ujah, using Rabiu Ibrahim to convince him to join. Ujah added to his tally by scoring a brace in his side's 5–0 thumping of FK Haugesund on 25 April.[6] In May 2011, following his return of eight goals from the first six league matches for Lillestrøm, Ujah was linked to a host of bigger clubs from strong continental leagues including the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Eredivisie. A month later on 28 May, Ujah netted the winning goal in a 4–2 victory over Sarpsborg 08.[7] On 19 June 2011, Ujah again hit four goals for Lillestrøm, this time against Strømsgodset, helping his side to a 4–2 win in the Tippeligaen. After just 15 months in Norway, he built up a tremendous rapport with the club's supporters and arguably attained an almost legend-like status unheard of for a 20 year old. He ended up scoring 32 goals in 42 matches for Lillestrøm.[8]

Mainz[edit]

In June 2011, Ujah signed for 1. FSV Mainz 05,[9] after being tracked by several clubs, most notably Danish outfits F.C. København and Brøndby IF.[10] Ujah scored his first two goals for his new club in a 3–1 victory over VfB Stuttgart on 4 November,[11] ending his side's winless run that stretched back to mid-August and moved them three points clear of the relegation zone.[12][13]

On the last day of the summer 2012 transfer window, Ujah signed a season-loan to 1. FC Köln.[14]

International career[edit]

At the end of May 2011, Ujah was called up to the U23 Nigerian National Team that faced Tanzania on 5 June 2011.

He was selected for Nigeria's squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 8 September 2014[16][17]
Season Club Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2010 Lillestrøm Tippeligaen 24 14 3 3 - - 27 17
2011 12 13 3 0 - - 15 13
2011–12 1. FSV Mainz 05 Bundesliga 12 2 2 0 2 0 16 2
2012–13 0 0 1 0 - - 1 0
2012–13 1. FC Köln 2. Bundesliga 28 13 2 0 - - 30 13
2013–14 34 11 3 0 - - 37 11
2013–14 2 1 1 2 - - 3 3
Career Total 112 54 15 5 2 0 129 59

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ujah, Obaje dazzle in Denmark". Nigeria Champion Newspaper Online. 
  2. ^ Andersen, Truls (14 March 2010). "Her er Lillestrøms nye spissjuvel" (in Norwegian). vg.no. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ujah kan bli solgt i dag" (in Norwegian). [dead link]
  4. ^ "Stabæk - Lillestrøm". fotball.no. 20 March 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  5. ^ http://transferzone.nl/tag/anthony-ujah-psv/[dead link]
  6. ^ "Lillestrøm - Haugesund". fotball.no. 25 April 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sarpsborg 08 - Lillestrøm". fotball.no. 28 May 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  8. ^ http://www.lsk.no/no/sportslig/a-laget/nyheter/-+15+uforglemmelige+m%C3%A5neder+i+LSK.b7C_wlfM4h.ips[dead link]
  9. ^ "Mainz 05 Signs Anthony Ujah From Lillestrom". SBNation.com. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  10. ^ Okeleji, Oluwashina (28 June 2011). "Nigeria under-23 striker Ujah joins German club Mainz". BBC News. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Gamecast: Mainz vs. VfB Stuttgart". ESPN Soccernet. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  12. ^ http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/877a3735695746f2982b03257de83c69/SOC--German-Roundup/[dead link]
  13. ^ "Two sent off as Mainz end drought". ESPN Soccernet. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  14. ^ Okeleji, Oluwashina (31 August 2011). "Nigerian Anthony Ujah joins Cologne on loan from Mainz". BBC News. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Nigeria to take new-look squad to Confederations Cup". BBC Sport. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Ujah, Anthony" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "A. Ujah". Soccerway. Retrieved 15 June 2013.