Victor Ikpeba

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Victor Ikpeba
Personal information
Full name Victor Nosa Ikpeba
Date of birth (1973-06-12) 12 June 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Benin City, Nigeria
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989 ACB Lagos
1989–1993 R.F.C. de Liège 79 (27)
1993–1999 Monaco 169 (55)
1999–2002 Borussia Dortmund 30 (3)
2001–2002 Real Betis (loan) 3 (0)
2002–2003 Al Ittihad 26 (13)
2004 Charleroi 15 (5)
2005–2007 Al-Sadd
National team
1992–2002 Nigeria 31 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Victor Nosa Ikpeba (born 12 June 1973 in Benin City) is a former Nigerian footballer who played as a forward for both club and country. Ikpeba played thirty-one international matches and scored seven goals for Nigeria. He played at the FIFA World Cups in 1994 and 1998. Ikpeba helped win the 1994 African Nations Cup and the Olympic football gold medal in 1996.

Career[edit]

Ikpeba was discovered by Belgian club RFC Liégeois during the 1989 FIFA U-17 World Championship, and moved to play in Belgium together with teammate Sunday Oliseh. At the age of 20, after scoring 17 goals in 1992–93. Ikpeba was bought by French side AS Monaco then coached by Arsène Wenger, where he gradually became a success, albeit with a tough start. He showed outstanding form subsequent to the 1996 Olympics, scoring 13 league goals to help AS Monaco win the league title. His performances earned him the African Footballer of the Year award in 1997. Two successful seasons followed. While at Monaco, Ikpeba nearly signed for Italian club Reggina, but his wife, unwilling to give up life in France, locked him in their house on the day he was to sign his contract.[1]

Ikpeba teamed up with Sunday Oliseh at Borussia Dortmund in 1999, for a transfer fee of £4.8m. Ikpeba scored only two goals in his first season in the Bundesliga and barely played in his second, after falling out with the coach Matthias Sammer. Looking for a move abroad, Ikpeba turned down Southampton, to join Real Betis on a season-long loan.[2] Things went further downhill for the player in Spain as he was criticised for being overweight by the coach, after making just one appearance for the club. He didn't feature for Betis again up until the last two games of the season.

Ikpeba then signed a season-long contract with Libyan Al-Ittihad, but only played out half of his contract with the club, as he quit the team over financial disagreements.[3] After leaving Libya and spending almost a year without a club, Ikpeba returned to Belgium, where he joined his former Liege coach at Charleroi. After helping the club to avoid relegation, Ikpeba came very close to signing with the German Bundesliga side SC Freiburg,[4] but the deal fell through when it was revealed that the player had no EU passport.[5] Ikpeba then had a short spell at Al-Sadd in Qatar, before retiring from professional football.

Personal[edit]

Ikpeba now lives in Monaco with his three children. His wife Atinuke died in May 2000 at the age of 26, after losing her battle with breast cancer.[citation needed]

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