|Full name||Samuel Gbenga Okunowo|
|Date of birth||1 March 1979|
|Place of birth||Ibadan, Nigeria|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|Current club||Sunshine Stars|
|1999–2000||→ Benfica (loan)||9||(1)|
|2000–2001||→ Badajoz (loan)||0||(0)|
|2006–2007||→ Stal (loan)||11||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 February 2010.
† Appearances (Goals).
Injury affected the vast majority of his professional career, which was spent in eight different countries other than his own.
Okunowo signed with European powerhouse FC Barcelona at only 18. In 1998–99, he competed for starting spot in the main squad with Michael Reiziger, and managed 14 La Liga appearances (eight starts), in a final win for the Catalans.
However, Okunowo did not manage to remain with Barça, going on to serve two unassuming loans, with Portugal's S.L. Benfica and second division side CD Badajoz, and being released in June 2002. He went on to represent (without very little impact as well) teams in four different countries: Greece, Romania, Albania and Ukraine.
In 2007, Okunowo was on trial at Northwich Victoria of the Conference National and Vilanova del Camí in the Spanish amateur leagues, but nothing came of it. Two years later, he returned to active with VB Sports Club, in the Maldives. However, in October 2009, he joined English club Waltham Forest, playing in a league eight levels below the Premier League.
In February 2010, Okunowo underwent a trial with Polish first division side Odra Wodzislaw, in an attempt to return to top flight football, but nothing came of it. He also met the same fate whilst looking for a club in Norway.
Okunowo represented Nigeria at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship (helping the hosts reach the quarterfinals), the 2000 African Cup of Nations and the 2000 Summer Olympics, gaining eight senior caps.
- Lewis blisko Odry, Everson czeka, Bruno Basto już nie; Futbol, 5 February 2010 (Polish)
- 2009: Spilte på Maldivene og nivå åtte i England / 2010: Fikk prøvespille i norsk eliteserie; VG, 19 June 2011 (Norwegian)
- Ex-Barca ace Okunowo joins Sunshine; MTN Football, 5 January 2012
- Samuel Okunowo – FIFA competition record