Peter Utaka

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Peter Utaka
Peter Utaka 2011.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-02-12) 12 February 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Enugu, Nigeria
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Shanghai Shenxin
Number 35
Youth career
1997 UNTH Nigeria[citation needed]
1999–2000 Dinamo Zagreb
2000–2004 UNTH Nigeria[citation needed]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Maasmechelen 35 (17)
2004–2007 Westerlo 73 (12)
2007–2008 Royal Antwerp 46 (26)
2008–2012 OB 108 (52)
2012–2013 Dalian Aerbin 43 (27)
2013– Beijing Guoan 25 (8)
2014– Shanghai Shenxin (loan) 1 (1)
National team
2010–2011 Nigeria 7 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 July 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Peter Utaka (born 12 February 1984 in Enugu) is a Nigerian footballer with a Belgian passport currently playing for Chinese club Shanghai Shenxin on loan from Beijing Guoan. He is the younger brother of John Utaka, who currently plays for Sivasspor in Turkey.

Club career[edit]

Utaka moved to Croatia as a 16-year old to play in Dinamo Zagreb. In 2003 he moved to Belgium from Dinamo and signed for K. Patro Eisden Maasmechelen of the third division. KVC Westerlo moved to sign him the following season, and in his first season in the top flight.

He joined Royal Antwerp FC in January 2007 where he became a first team regular, and he helped Antwerp qualify for the playoffs, finishing second. On 30 August 2008, it was announced that Utaka would join Danish club OB.[1]

Utaka joined Danish side OB in 2008. In his first season he finished joint fourth place on the scorers list, while he led all scorers in his second season. He finished with 18 goals in 33 matches, the first time in five years an OB player was top scorer in the league (last was Steffen Højer in 2004–05 with 20 goals).

In January 2012, Utaka moved to Chinese Super League club Dalian Aerbin. He transferred to Beijing Guoan on 9 July 2013.[2]

International career[edit]

On 21 September 2009, national coach Shaibu Amodu selected Peter for the Nigerian national football team. Utaka made his debut for Nigeria months later in a 5–2 home win over Congo DR on 3 March 2010, despite only getting his call up late after the NFF called his mother looking for him.[3][4] He scored the first goal and assisted on the second.[citation needed] He scored twice against in a Nations Cup qualifier against Ethiopia.

Career Statistics[edit]

As of 31 July 2014
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Denmark League Danish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008-09 Odense BK D Superliga 27 12 0 0 - - - - 27 12
2009-10 33 18 3 4 - - 3 2 39 24
2010-11 32 14 1 0 - - 10 6 43 20
2011-12 16 8 0 0 - - 9 1 25 9
China PR League FA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2012 Dalian Aerbin CSL 28 20 1 0 - - - - 29 20
2013 15 7 0 0 - - 15 7
2013 Beijing Guoan 12 7 3 4 - - 0 0 15 11
2014 13 1 0 0 - - 7 3 20 4
Total China PR 68 35 4 4 0 0 7 3 79 42
Denmark 108 52 4 4 0 0 22 9 134 65
Career Total 176 87 8 8 0 0 31 12 213 107

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