Godfrey Oboabona

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Godfrey Oboabona
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Personal information
Full name Godfrey Itama Oboabona[1]
Date of birth (1990-08-16) 16 August 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Akure, Nigeria
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Çaykur Rizespor
Number 2
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Sunshine Stars
2013– Çaykur Rizespor 24 (3)
National team
2012– Nigeria 34 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 April 2014

Godfrey Itama Oboabona (born 16 August 1990) is a Nigerian international footballer who plays for Turkish club Çaykur Rizespor, as a defender.[3]


Club career[edit]

Oboabona was born in Akure and began his professional career with local club Sunshine Stars.[2] In August 2013 he was linked with a move to English side Arsenal,[4] but later that month signed a four-year contract with Turkish club Çaykur Rizespor.[5] He described the transfer as a "dream move."[6]

International football[edit]

He made his international debut for Nigeria in 2012,[2] and has appeared in FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.[1] He was called up to Nigeria's 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.[7]

He was selected for Nigeria's squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup,[8] and was named in the provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[9]


  1. ^ a b Godfrey OboabonaFIFA competition record
  2. ^ a b c Godfrey Oboabona at National-Football-Teams.com
  3. ^ Godfrey Oboabona profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  4. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (3 August 2013). "Nigeria defender Oboabona denies Arsenal link and criticising Wenger". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Oboabona completes move to Rizespor". SuperSport. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (23 August 2013). "Godfrey Oboabona delights in 'dream' move to Turkey". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (10 January 2013). "Nations Cup 2013: Nigeria pick six locally-based players". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Nigeria to take new-look squad to Confederations Cup". BBC Sport. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "World Cup 2014: Peter Odemwingie in provisional Nigeria squad". BBC Sport. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.