Wilfred Agbonavbare

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Wilfred Agbonavbare
Personal information
Full name Wilfred Agbonavbare
Date of birth (1966-10-05) 5 October 1966 (age 47)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1989 New Nigeria Bank
1990 Abiola Babes
1990–1996 Rayo Vallecano 177 (0)
1996–1997 Écija 23 (0)
National team
1983–1994 Nigeria 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Wilfred Agbonavbare (born 5 October 1966 in Lagos) is a Nigerian retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

In his country, Agbonavbare played for New Nigeria Bank F.C. and Abiola Babes of Abeokuta. In 1990 he moved to Spain, where he would the remain for the rest of his career, starting with Rayo Vallecano in Segunda División.

In his second season with the Madrid outskirts team Agbonavbare appeared in all 38 league games (3,332 minutes of action, 27 goals conceded, second-best in the competition) as the club finished second and returned to La Liga after two years of absence. He continued to be first-choice in the following years, contributing with 31 matches to another top flight promotion in 1995.

In 1995–96, Agbonavbare lost his starting position to Spanish international Abel Resino. In the following summer he signed for second level club Écija Balompié, being the most used player in his position but suffering team relegation; after one year in his country training to remain fit, he retired due to lack of offers, aged only 31, subsequently settling in the Community of Madrid.

International career[edit]

Agbonavbare appeared with the Nigerian under-20s at the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship in Mexico. He played for more than one decade with the full side, being selected for the 1994 African Cup of Nations and that year's FIFA World Cup, backing up Peter Rufai on both occasions.

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