Peter Ijeh

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Peter Ijeh
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Personal information
Date of birth (1977-03-28) 28 March 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Assyriska BK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 Nitel FC 26 (17)
1999–2000 Julius Berger FC 27 (15)
2001–2003 Malmö FF 60 (38)
2004–2005 IFK Göteborg 36 (13)
2005–2006 Copenhagen 16 (4)
2006–2009 Viking FK 78 (39)
2010–2011 Syrianska FC 47 (22)
2012 GAIS 18 (2)
National team
2002 Nigeria 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 August 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).

Peter Ijeh (born 28 March 1977) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a forward. He is currently the head coach of Assyriska BK.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After playing for clubs in Nigeria, he joined Swedish club Malmö FF in 2001. He was the top scorer in Allsvenskan in 2002 with 24 goals. In 2003 he suffered a leg injury that kept him out of most of the season, but he still managed to come back strongly and finished with 10 goals. In late 2003, he transferred to IFK Göteborg as a bosman, as the club's big name signing for its 100th anniversary. He was, however, unable to repeat his earlier success while Malmö went on to win the league and Göteborg finishing third. After police investigation, it was also stated that the transfer from Malmö was an illegal one and club representatives of IFK Göteborg were sentenced to jail for tax evasion.[1] The club itself, Ijeh and player Stefan Selaković were later cleared of all charges.[2] After this he moved to Danish club FC København in 2005, where he failed to play regularly for the first team.

Viking[edit]

On 19 June 2006 he moved to Viking in Norway on a 3 million Danish krone deal. He became an instant success, scoring 11 goals in 15 games to save the team from relegation. In the last game of the 2006 season Ijeh scored 4 goals and pressured an opposition defender to concede an own goal as Viking surprisingly demolished local rivals and second-placed S.K. Brann 5–0 to climb two places in the table and thus escape relegation on goal difference.

In Early January 2007, several sources within Norwegian football claim that Ijeh will soon be looking for another club, with English Championship side Coventry City courting the Nigerian striker, who is thought to be keen to test his skills in the more physical English game. Coventry City manager Micky Adams is thought to have watched the player on a recent scouting trip to Norway.

Norwegian club F.C. Lyn Oslo have reportedly made a NOK 12 million bid for Ijeh's services, though this was rejected from Viking. Though Viking several times stated Ijeh was not for sale, they now have had a change of heart, stating their unwillingness to keep a player who is not devoted to playing for the club. Ijeh himself has said he wants to move to a club in a more southern league, stating that under no circumstances could he play for another Norwegian club than Viking. Ijeh left Viking at the end of the 2009 season to sign for Syrianska FC in the Swedish second division.

Syrianska FC[edit]

On 23 October Ijeh scored two goals in the game that took Syrianska to Allsvenskan for the first time ever. He finished the season with 17 goals. He will now again play against his two former clubs Malmö FF and IFK Göteborg. Ijeh also scored Syrianska FC's first Allsvenskan goal, after a mistake by the Gefle IF defence allowed him to roll the ball into an empty net.

GAIS[edit]

After two seasons in Syrianska, Ijeh left the club for Allsvenskan rivals GAIS where he took over the number nine shirt.

Assyriska BK[edit]

Ijeh took over Assyriska BK in November 2013 as a head coach.

Career statistics[edit]

Season Club Division League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2001 Malmö FF Allsvenskan 20 4 0 0 20 4
2002 23 24 0 0 23 24
2003 17 10 0 0 17 10
2004 IFK Göteborg 24 11 0 0 24 11
2005 12 3 0 0 12 3
2005–06 F.C. Copenhagen Superliga 16 4 0 0 16 4
2006 Viking Tippeligaen 15 11 3 5 18 16
2007 23 18 2 0 25 18
2008 14 1 1 1 15 2
2009 26 9 3 5 29 14
2010 Syrianska FC Superettan 26 17 0 0 26 17
2011 Allsvenskan 19 5 0 0 19 5
2012 GAIS 13 2 0 0 13 2
Career Total 248 119 9 11 257 130

Personal life[edit]

He is a member of the Norwegian Christian sports organization Kristen Idrettskontakt (KRIK).[3]

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