Benjamin Onwuachi

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Benjamin Onwuachi
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-04-09) 9 April 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Panserraikos
Youth career
2000–2003 Reggiana
2003–2004 Juventus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Juventus 1 (1)
2004–2005 Salernitana (loan) 16 (4)
2005–2006 Standard Liège 0 (0)
2006–2008 Ionikos 41 (7)
2007 KF Tirana (loan) 0 (0)
2008–2009 APOEL (loan) 24 (8)
2009–2011 AO Kavala 55 (20)
2011 AEL Limassol 10 (0)
2012 Panetolikos 9 (0)
2012–2013 Skoda Xanthi 21 (6)
2013–2014 Iraklis 21 (3)
2014 Oțelul Galați 2 (0)
2014 Salam Zgharta 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 July 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Benjamin Onwuachi (born 9 April 1984 in Lagos) is a Nigerian footballer who last played as a striker for Lebanese side Salam Zgharta. Onwuachi started his career in the youth ranks of Reggiana. He continued in the academies of Juventus where he didn't managed to establish himself in the first team. He then moved to Belgium to play for Standard Liège. After a season in Belgium he moved to Greece in 2006, where he played for several clubs having also spells in Albania and Cyprus.

Club career[edit]

He began his career in Reggiana academies in Italy in 2002. In 2003 he played only a game scoring one goal for Juventus F.C. (he was purchased by Juventus for €420,000[1]). In the 2004–2005 season he went on loan to Salernitana where he played 18 games and scored 6 goals. The 2005–06 season he signed a 2-year deal with Belgian side Standard Liège but failed to play a single match.

Ionikos[edit]

The 2006–07 season, he went to Greece and joined the team at Nikaia of Ionikos. He noted 42 participations and had 7 goals. That same season Ionikos fell in the Second National Division of Greece, Beta Ethniki 2007-08, and he decided to leave the club. The administration of Ionikos did not agree with this, but unfortunately they did not manage to change his decision.

In October 2007, he returned to Nikaia, at Ionikos, at a point where the club campaigned for a promotion in the Super League Greece. That year he played in 27 games and had 14 goals, so that he ranked 3rd in the scorerlist of the division! Unfortunately the club did not achieve promotion to the first division. In the match against PAS Giannena which Ionikos won 4–1, Onwuachi scored 2 goals.

APOEL[edit]

The next year the budget of Ionikos fell and in July 2008, Onwuachi went on loan to APOEL. For APOEL he played in 23 games in the championship and scored 8 goals helping the team to win the Cypriot First Division and the Super Cup of season 2008–09. In May 2009, the player and the chairman of APOEL, Phivos Erotokritou, did not agree on signing a new contract and Onwuachi returned to Greece to Ionikos.

Kavala[edit]

On 20 August 2009, he signed a 4-years contract with the newly promoted in Super League Greece team of AO Kavala. His first season with his new team, was excellent because he became 4th in top scorers of Super League Greece, scoring 10 goals. In August 2011, FIFA canceled his contract with the club after they failed to pay his salary for two consecutive months.[2]

AEL Limassol[edit]

On 25 August 2011, he signed with AEL Limassol in Cyprus,[3] but he was released from the club in January 2012.

Panetolikos[edit]

On 26 January 2012, he returned to Greece and signed a 6-month contract with Panetolikos F.C..[4] On 26 April 2012, after the conclusion of the season, Onwuachi and Panetolikos parted their ways, as he couldn't fit into the team.[5][6]

Skoda Xanthi[edit]

On 6 June 2012, Onwuachi signed a contract with Skoda Xanthi.[6]

Iraklis 1908[edit]

On 19 July 2013, Onwuachi signed a contract with Iraklis.[7] He made his league debut for Iraklis on 30 September 2013 in an away loss against Kavala.[8] He scored his first goal for the club on 13 January 2013, in an away win against Ethnikos Gazoros.[9]

Statistics[edit]

Last updated 1 June 2012

Season Club Competition Apps Goals
2003/04 Juventus Italy Serie A 0 0
2004/05 Salernitana Italy Serie B 15 4
2005/06 Standard Liège Belgium Jupiler League 0 0
2005/06 Ionikos Greece Greek Super League 13 3
2006/07 Ionikos Greece Greek Super League 27 3
2007/08 Ionikos Greece Beta Ethniki ? 14
2008/09 APOEL Cyprus Cypriot First Division 24 8
2009/10 AO Kavala Greece Greek Super League 28 10
2010/11 AO Kavala Greece Greek Super League 27 10
2011 AEL Limassol Cyprus Cypriot First Division 10 0
2012 Panetolikos Greece Greek Super League 9 0
2012/13 Skoda Xanthi Greece Greek Super League 22 6
2013/14 Iraklis Greece Greek Football League 21 3

Honours[edit]

Cyprus APOEL
2008–09
2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reports and Financial Statements at 30 June 2005" (PDF). Juventus FC. 25 October 2005. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Onwuachi cleared to quit Kavala". BBC News. 
  3. ^ "AEL left the best for the end". Sigma Live. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.panetolikos.gr/archives/news/item/2406-ypegrapse-onwuathsi.html
  5. ^ "Camara and Onwuachi leave Panetolikos". panetolikos.gr. 26 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Απέκτησε Ονουάτσι η Ξάνθη! (Xanthi got Onwuachi!)" (in Greek). SentraGoal. 6 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Στον ΗΡΑΚΛΗ ο Benjamin Onwuachi" (in Greek). Iraklis FC official website. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Τραγικός αμυντικά Ηρακλής απογοήτευσε στην Καβάλα (in Greek). BleArena.gr. 30 September 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Τρίτη θέση και η αντεπίθεση συνεχίζεται... (in Greek). BleArena.gr. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014.