Emeka Opara

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Emeka Opara
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-12-02) 2 December 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Imo State, Nigeria
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Free Agent
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Enugu Rangers
2004–2006 Étoile Sportive du Sahel 40 (21)
2007–2008 1. FC Kaiserslautern 23 (13)
2008–2009 Étoile Sportive du Sahel 21 (11)
2009–2011 Khazar Lankaran 42 (10)
2012 Al Naser 19 (11)
2013 Qarabağ 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 June 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Emeka Opara (born 2 December 1984 in Imo State) is a Nigerian football striker. He is a classic Centre-Forward with pace and very strong in the air. He most recently played for the Azerbaijan Premier League side Qarabağ.

Career[edit]

In 2006, he had an impressive run of form in the CAF Confederation Cup while playing for Tunisian club Étoile Sportive du Sahel, taking them to the final of the competition, whilst netting eight goals.[1]

In December 2006, after his contract expired with Étoile du Sahel, Opara signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with 2. Bundesliga side Kaiserslautern.[2] Opara returned to Étoile du Sahel during the summer of 2008, scoring on his return against Asante Kotoko.[3]

In 2010, he signed a ten-month contract with Azerbaijan Premier League team FK Khazar Lankaran.[4]

In January 2012, he signed a contract with Al Naser in Kuwait.[5]

In January 2013, Opara returned to the Azerbaijan Premier League signing a short term contract with Qarabağ.[6] At the end of the 2012–13 season, Opara was released after 2 goals in 12 appearances in all competitions.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Azerbaijan League Azerbaijan Cup Europe Total
2009-10[8] Khazar Lankaran[9] Azerbaijan Premier League 14 4 3 1 17 5
2010-11[10] 16 3 4 0 2 0 22 3
2011-12[11] 12 3 0 0 2 0 14 3
2012–13[12] Qarabağ 10 1 2 1 - 12 2
Total Azerbaijan 52 11 9 2 4 0 65 13
Career total 52 11 9 2 4 0 65 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Opara targets Africa and Europe". BBC Sport. 21 November 2006. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Opara moves to Kaiserslautern". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Etoile in good Confed Cup start". BBC Sport. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Denis Calincov became the best, without even playing". moldova.sports.md. 17 April 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Emeka Opara snubs N130m Al Masry deal". The Nation. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Official: Emeka Opara Joins Qarabag". allnigeriasoccer.com. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Qarabağ altı futbolçusu ilə yollarını ayırdı" [Six players parted ways with Karabakh] (in Azerbaijani). azerisport.com. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "09/10 Season". pfl.az. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Statistics: Players". http://lankaranfc.com/az/. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "10/11 Season". pfl.az. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "11/12 Season". pfl.az. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Premier League Stats 2012/13". http://www.pfl.az/. Retrieved 13 July 2013.