Ben Folami

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Ben Folami
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Folami playing for Ipswich Town in 2018
Personal information
Full name Gbenga Tai Folami[1]
Date of birth (1999-06-08) 8 June 1999 (age 20)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Stevenage
(on loan from Ipswich Town)
Number 28
Youth career
0000–2014 Football NSW Institute
2014–2015 Sutherland Sharks
2015–2017 Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Ipswich Town 4 (0)
2020–Stevenage (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2018–2019 Australia U19 4 (1)
2019– Australia U23 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:01, 11 February 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:01, 26 January 2020

Gbenga "Ben" Tai Folami (born 8 June 1999) is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a striker for League Two club Stevenage, on loan from Ipswich Town.[2]

Club career[edit]

Ipswich Town[edit]

Born in Sydney, Folami joined Ipswich Town's academy in 2015, having previously played for the Football NSW Institute and the Sutherland Sharks at youth level.[3] After working his way through the youth system at Portman Road, he went on to make his full senior debut in a 2–1 defeat against Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup second round on 22 August 2017.[4] He made his league debut for the club on 2 April 2018 in a 2–2 draw against Millwall.[5] On 14 January 2019, Folami tore his achilles tendon during an under-23 match against Cardiff City, ruling him out for the remainder of the season.[6]

Following his recovery from injury Folami appeared for Ipswich’s under-23 side before returning to first-team action on 12 November 2019, starting in a 0–1 away loss to Colchester United in an EFL Trophy group stage match.[7]

Stevenage (loan)[edit]

On 31 January 2020, Folami signed for Stevenage on loan until the end of the 2019–20 season.[8] He made his debut on 8 February, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 2–1 loss to Exeter City.[9]

International career[edit]

Folami is of Nigerian descent.[10] In October 2018, he was called up to the Australia U19 squad to compete in the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship held in Indonesia.[11] He made 4 appearances during the tournament, scoring one goal, as the Young Socceroos exited the U-19 championships at the quarter-final stage. Folami impressed with his performances during the tournament, with Fox Sports describing him as "an absolubte revelation" and stating that he had been "Australia's best player".[12]

Folami made his debut for the Australia U23 team in a 2–1 loss to Iran on 14 October 2019.[13] He scored his first goal for the under-23s while winning his second cap, appearing as a second-half substitute and scoring in a 5–1 victory over China on 15 November 2019.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 11 February 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season Division League FA Cup EFL Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ipswich Town 2017–18[15] Championship 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
2018–19[16] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019–20[17] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 1 0
Total 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 6 0
Stevenage (loan) 2019–20[17] League Two 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 6 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 8 0
  1. ^ Appearance in EFL Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EFL Released and Retained List 2016-17" (PDF). English Football League. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Ben Folami". Ipswich Town F.C. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Meet the Aussie striker cracking into the Championship". East Anglian Daily Times. 11 May 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Crystal Palace v Ipswich Town". BBC Sport. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  5. ^ Watson, Stuart (2 April 2018). "'I'm not enjoying it' – McCarthy hints he may not see out his contract". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Chambers to Wear Strapping at Blackburn as Folami Ruled Out for Season". TWTD. 17 January 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  7. ^ "EFL Trophy Match Report - Colchester United 1-0 Ipswich Town". Soccerway. 12 November 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  8. ^ https://www.stevenagefc.com/news/2020/january/new-signing-ben-folami-ipswich-town-sky-bet-league-two-efl-english-football-league-deadline-day-january-transfer-window-friday-31st-january-2020/
  9. ^ "Exeter City 2-1 Stevenage". BBC Sport. 8 February 2020. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Nigerian-Australian Striker Ben Folami Making Inroads At The Blues:: All Nigeria Soccer - The Complete Nigerian Football Portal". www.allnigeriasoccer.com. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Update to Young Socceroos squad for AFC U19 Championship". Football Federation Australia. 19 October 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Folami Wins Cap But Australia Exit AFC U19 Championship". TWTD. 29 October 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Folami in Action for Australian U23s". TWTD. 15 October 2019. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Folami Nets as Australia's U23s Hammer China". TWTD. 15 November 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  15. ^ "Games played by Ben Folami in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Games played by Ben Folami in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  17. ^ a b "Games played by Ben Folami in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 June 2019.

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