Daniel Olerum

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Daniel "Erfan" Olerum
Personal information
Full name Daniel Okechukwu Olerum
Date of birth (1983-03-13) 13 March 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Youth career
2001–2004 University of Nigeria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Pasargad 31 (28)
2005–2006 Foolad 11 (0)
2006–2009 Aboomoslem 90 (26)
2009–2011 Tractor Sazi 20 (0)
2011 Gostaresh 11 (4)
2011–2012 Aboomoslem 20 (2)
2013 Sloboda Užice 6 (0)
2013 Al-Wehdat 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Daniel "Erfan" Okechukwu Olerum (born 13 March 1983 in Lagos) is a Nigerian-born Iranian football striker.

Club career[edit]

Olerum currently plays for Al-Wehdat in Jordan Premier League. His previous clubs were Pasargadae F.C., Foolad F.C., Tractor Sazi F.C., Gostaresh Foolad F.C., FK Sloboda Užice and F.C. Aboomoslem.

In August 2004, Olerum signed with Foolad F.C.. After making only 11 appearances and scoring no goals for Foolad FC in the IPL 2005/06 season, he decided to go to F.C. Aboomoslem, another Premier League side where he would go on to enjoy great success. He has managed to win the best IPL 2006/07 forward award after having scored 17 goals for Aboomoslem, But in the next two season with Aboomoslem he only 9 goals together and could perform as well as before. He moved to Teraktor Sazi in 2009 and again had couple of unsuccessful seasons with Traktor Sazi where he didn't even score one goal. Finally in the middle of the 2010–2011 season he moved to Gostaresh Foolad in Azadegan League.

On 23 July 2011, He Joined Aboomoslem.[1]

In 2013 he joined Serbian SuperLiga side Sloboda Uzice.

On 22 July 2013, He Joined Al-Wehdat for 70,000 dollars comprehensive provider contract and monthly salaries for one season.

Club areer[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2004–05 Pasargad Division 2 31 28 1 2 - - 32 30
2005–06 Foolad Pro League 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2006–07 Aboomoslem 27 17 1 0 - - 28 17
2007–08 33 5 2 0 - - 35 5
2008–09 30 4 2 0 - - 32 4
2009–10 Tractor Sazi 18 0 0 0 - - 18 0
20102011 2 0 1 0 - - 3 0
Gostaresh Division 1 11 4 0 0 - - 11 4
2011–12 Aboomoslem 20 2 0 0 - - 20 2
Serbia League Serbian Cup Europe Total
2012–13 Sloboda Užice Pro League 6 0 0 0 - - 6 0
Jordan League Jordan FA Cup Asia Total
2013–14 Al-Wehdat Pro League 7 0 5 2 - - 12 2
Total Iran 183 60 7 2 0 0 190 62
Total Serbia 6 0 0 0 - - 6 0
Total Jordan 7 0 5 2 - - 12 2
Career total 196 60 12 4 0 0 208 64

International career[edit]

He aspires to play for Nigeria in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He has also expressed his wish to play for the Iranian national football team.[citation needed]

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

Personal life[edit]

  • He is Married to an Iranian Woman.
  • In September 2006 Olerum converted to Islam[citation needed], although he was a devoted Christian beforehand. Along with his new belief, he also stated in Iran that people should refer to him as Erfan, an Islamic name rather than Daniel.
  • He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria.[citation needed]
  • He can speak English as well as basic Persian.
  • On 6 February 2007 he was offered Iranian citizenship.[citation needed]

Quotes[edit]

"All I needed was just a chance to show what I could do, and Iran provided me with that opportunity" – On his move to Iran

"You know the death of my best friend Sam Okoye affected my game a lot, but now I am happy to be in the news for the right reasons, it came against the biggest team in Iran and I am grateful for my teammates' efforts as well. The fact that the three goals came in the space of twenty minutes left everyone stunned."- Talking about his Hat-trick

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://khorasan.isna.ir/Default.aspx?NSID=5&SSLID=46&NID=13853

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Iran Reza Enayati
Persian Gulf Cup top scorer
2006–07
Succeeded by
Iran Hadi Asghari
Iran Mohsen Khalili