Peter Ofori-Quaye

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Peter Ofori-Quaye
Personal information
Full name Peter Ofori-Quaye
Date of birth (1980-03-21) 21 March 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Youth career
1991–1995 Ajax Cape Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Kalamata 34 (8)
1997–2003 Olympiacos 80 (24)
2004–2005 Liberty Professionals 0 (0)
2005–2007 OFI Crete 45 (8)
2007–2008 Hapoel Kiryat Shmona 26 (4)
2008–2009 AEL Limassol 11 (3)
2010–2011 Accra Hearts of Oak SC 0 (0)
2011–2012 Bechem United 0 (0)
National team
1998– Ghana 18 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Peter Ofori-Quaye (born 21 March 1980 in Accra, Ghana) is a Ghanaian footballer who plays as a striker. He most recently played for Ghanaian club Bechem United until he was released in 2012. He has 32 caps for Ghana and played at the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ofori-Quaye is known as the youngest goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League, a feat he achieved during the 1997-98 season when he scored for Olympiacos when he was 17 years and 195 days old.[2]

Club career[edit]

Ofori-Quaye has spent most of his career in the Greek division and has amassed 33 goals in his 10 seasons in the league. He came to Greece at the age of 15, signing for Kalamata FC during the Stavros Papadopoulos era of the club. The Papadopoulos era was noted for bringing in talented players from the nation of Ghana with Ofori-Quaye proving to be the most promising player ahead of teammates Samuel Johnson and Derek Boateng. At the age of 17, Ofori-Quaye signed for Greek champions Olympiacos for a Kalamata FC club record of USD $3.5 million. Ofori-Quaye attracted much attention from other clubs, scoring key goals including those in the UEFA Champions League against the likes of Rosenborg BK, Olympique Lyonnais, and Deportivo La Coruna. In the middle of Olympiacos' coach changing crisis, Ofori-Quaye was released by the club in 2003. He won 6 Greek Championships with the Piraeus based club, a Hellenic Cup, and helped them reach the quarter finals of the 1998-99 UEFA Champions League.

After a year away from football, he signed for Ghanaian club Liberty Professionals FC. In 2005, he returned to Greece signing for OFI Crete where he began to hit good form and was recalled back to his national team. On July 2007 newly promoted Israeli club Kiryat Shmona tried to sign him, but his contract was not approved in the first place with OFI reported him missing for the past three months.[3] He was transferred to Limassol club AEL Limassol in the summer of 2008.

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