Lawrence Akandu

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Lawrence Akandu
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Personal information
Full name Lawrence Chimezie Akandu
Date of birth (1974-12-10) 10 December 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth Nigeria
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Hoi Fan
Number 3
Youth career
1991–1992 Sharks F.C.
1993–1994 Wisla Krakow
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 Frankwell ? (?)
1996–? Five-One-Seven ? (?)
?–2002 Tung Po ? (?)
2002–2003 Kitchee ? (15)
2003–2005 Happy Valley 28 (13)
2005–2006 Tung Po 21 (21)
2006–2007 HKFC 13 (2)
2007–2009 Shatin 20 (17)
2009–2012 Mutual 7 (7)
2012– Hoi Fan 0 (0)
National team
2003–2004 Hong Kong 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 November 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2009

Lawrence Chimezie Akandu (Chinese: 羅倫士 Lawrence, born 10 December 1974 in Nigeria) is a Nigerian-born football player who currently playing for Hoi Fan, the Campeonato da 1ª Divisão do Futebol.

Biography[edit]

Early career[edit]

Akandu started his career and made his name as a centre forward but has become a defender.

Akandu moved to Hong Kong from the Polish club Wisla Krakow in 1994.[1] He played for Hong Kong First Division side Frankwell, Five-One-Seven, Tung Po.[2]

In the summer of 2002, Akandu joined Hong Kong Second Division club Kitchee. As a physically powerful centre forward, he scored 15 goals in the 2002–03 season, helping Kitchee earn promotion to the Hong Kong First Division.

Happy Valley[edit]

In 2003–04 season, Akandu joined Happy Valley, one of the top team in Hong Kong First Division League. Despite lack of first division experience, he quickly adapted in the competition. He scored ten goals in the first-half season and led the Top Soccer table.

Later career[edit]

International career[edit]

In November 2003, Akandu acquired Hong Kong permanent resident status and played as a striker in the Hong Kong representative team. He scored on his debut for Hong Kong in the East Asian Football Championship 2003 against Korea Republic on 4 December 2003,[3]

Honours[edit]

With Kitchee:

With Happy Valley:

With Tung Po:

With Shatin SA:

Career statistics[edit]

Club career[edit]

As of 14 November 2009

Club Season League League Cup Senior Shield FA Cup AFC Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Happy Valley 2003–04 14 9 5 1 3 0 3 1 6 3 31 14
2004–05 14 4 1 0 2 0 3 1 19 5
Total 28 13 6 1 5 0 6 2 6 3 50 19
Club Season League Junior Shield Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tung Po 2005–06 21 21 2 2 23 23
Total 21 21 2 2 23 23
Club Season League League Cup Senior Shield FA Cup AFC Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hong Kong FC 2006–07 13 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 16 2
Total 13 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 16 2
Club Season League Junior Shield FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Shatin SA 2007–08 4 4 0 0 4 4
Season League Junior Shield FA Cup Total
2008–09 16 13 5 5 1 0 22 18
Total 20 17 5 5 1 0 26 22
Mutual FC 2009–10 7 7 7 7
Total 7 7 5 5 7 7
Career Total

International career[edit]

As of 15 January 2007

# Date Venue Opponents Result Goals Competition
1 4 December 2003 Tokyo, Japan  South Korea 1–3 1 East Asian Cup 2003
2 7 December 2003 Saitama, Japan  Japan 0–1 0 East Asian Cup 2003
3 10 December 2003 Yokohama, Japan  China PR 1–3 0 East Asian Cup 2003
4 19 February 2004 Kuantan, Malaysia  Malaysia 3–1 0 FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.
5 9 June 2004 Kuwait City, Kuwait  Kuwait 0–4 0 FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.
6 8 September 2004 Hong Kong, Hong Kong  Kuwait 0–2 0 FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.
7 17 November 2004 Hong Kong, Hong Kong  China PR 0–7 0 FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.

Notes and references[edit]