Bright Dike

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Bright Dike
Bright Dike (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Chinedu Dike
Date of birth (1987-02-02) February 2, 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Edmond, Oklahoma, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Pahang FA
Number 10
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 86 (27)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Indiana Invaders 3 (0)
2010 Portland Timbers (USL) 23 (10)
2011–2013 Portland Timbers 23 (6)
2012 Los Angeles Blues (loan) 10 (6)
2013–2015 Toronto FC 11 (1)
2015 San Antonio Scorpions (loan) 5 (1)
2016 Amkar Perm 4 (0)
2017– Pahang FA 6 (2)
National team
2012–2014 Nigeria 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 February 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 June 2013

Chinedu "Bright" Dike (born February 2, 1987) is a Nigerian international footballer who plays for Pahang FA in the Malaysia Super League and the Nigerian national team. Dike was born in the United States, but is eligible to represent Nigeria internationally through his parents who are natives of Nigeria.[1] He is the cousin of Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike.[2]


College and amateur[edit]

Born in Edmond, Oklahoma, Dike attended Edmond North High School, and played college soccer at the University of Notre Dame from 2005 to 2009, redshirting his junior season in 2007. As a senior he started all 21 games for the Irish, led the team in goals (12) and total points (29), and was named to the all-Big East Championship team.[3]

During his college years Dike also played one season with the Indiana Invaders in the USL Premier Development League.[4]


Dike was drafted in the first round (12th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by Columbus Crew.[5] However, after training with the club all preseason, he did not make the squad and was released. On April 7, 2010, Dike signed a one-year contract with Portland Timbers.[6] He made his professional debut on April 22, 2010 in a game against AC St. Louis.[7]

Dike recorded his first professional hat trick by scoring three goals in a June 22, 2010 US Open Cup match vs. the Kitsap Pumas.[8] During the 2010 USSF D2 Pro League season Dike appeared in 23 matches for Portland in which he scored 10 goals.

On October 19, 2010 Dike was named as one of the first four players to be signed by the Portland Timbers ahead of their expansion into Major League Soccer in 2011, along with Steve Cronin, Ryan Pore and Eddie Johnson.[9] Dike was loaned to USL Pro club Los Angeles Blues on May 8, 2012[10] and recalled to Portland on July 10, 2012.[11] After returning to the Portland, Dike scored 5 goals in the remaining 11 games of the season.[12]

Dike playing for the Timbers

On February 8, 2013, it was announced that Dike suffered a torn left ACL in a preseason match against Seattle Sounders FC and was expected be out until at least August 2013.[12]

Dike was traded to Toronto FC in September 2013 along with a 2015 first round draft pick and allocation money in exchange for Maximiliano Urruti and an international roster spot.[13] Dike scored his first goal for Toronto on September 28, 2013, the game-winner in a 4–1 victory over D.C. United. Dike scored the volley off of a cross by Mark Bloom.[14] Following impressive form with the national team, Toronto FC arranged a training stint for Dike at Celtic of the Scottish Premiership following the 2013 MLS season.[15] At this time, speculation also arose that both Hull City and Queen's Park Rangers were interested in signing the striker.[16] On December 9, 2013, it was reported that Dike had returned to Toronto from Celtic without an offer for the player at that time.[17] On February 20, 2014 Dike suffered the injury while training with Toronto FC, according to The injury is expected to keep him out for the year and will prevent him from participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Dike had previously suffered a similar injury while playing with the Portland Timbers.

On April 27, 2015 he was loaned out to North American Soccer League squad San Antonio Scorpions for an undeclared time being, to exercise first team playing time.[18] Dike was waived by Toronto on August 4, 2015.[19]

On February 20, 2016, Dike signed an 18-month contract with Russian Premier League side FC Amkar Perm.[20] Dike was released by the club on May 24, 2016.[21]

Dike signed for Pahang FA before the 2017 Malaysia League's transfer window closed. He scored on his debut againts T-Team in the Malaysia Super League.

International career[edit]

On November 11, 2012, Dike received a call up to the Nigerian national team for a friendly against Venezuela in Miami.[1] On November 14, 2012 he made his international debut for the Super Eagles in a 3–1 victory over Venezuela in a friendly at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. He started the match and played 68 minutes.[22] Dike earned his second call up with the national team as part of the provisional 32-man roster in December 2012 as Nigeria prepared for friendlies against Catalonia and Cape Verde in preparation for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.[23] On January 2, 2013 Dike scored his first goal for Nigeria in a 1–1 draw in the unofficial friendly against Catalonia, a side that featured Carles Puyol, Xavi, and Gerard Pique.[24] Despite being called a "new sensation", Dike was left off of the roster for the match against Cape Verde and was not selected for Nigeria's final 23-man roster for the African Cup of Nations tournament.[25]

In November 2013, Dike was called back into the Nigerian squad as a replacement for the injured Uche Nwofor of SC Heerenveen for the second leg of Nigeria's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification playoff match against Ethiopia and a friendly against Italy. About bringing Dike back into the squad, Nigeria head coach Stephen Keshi said, "We are bringing (Dike) into the squad because we know what he is capable of doing and we believe he is fully fit to deliver".[26] Dike dressed and was on the bench for the Ethiopia match but did not play.[27] Two days later, Dike started in the friendly match against Italy and scored his first official goal for the Super Eagles in the 35th minute with an assist by Shola Ameobi.[28]

Dike suffered a torn Achilles during practice in February 2014 that forced him out of the running for participating in the World Cup for Nigeria under Stephen Keshi.[29] Stephen Keshi later confirmed that he would have been on the roster for Brazil had he not been injured, saying "He would have been here, yes. It's a shame. But that's football.".[30]

International goals[edit]

As of November 18, 2013; Nigeria's goal tally listed first
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Reference
1 November 18, 2013 Craven Cottage, London, England  Italy
1 – 1
2 – 2
Friendly [28]

Personal life[edit]

His sister Courtney is also a soccer player,[31] who played for the Nigeria women's national under-20 football team the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada.[32] She scored the fastest goal in the History of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, after 18 seconds against Korea on June 10, 2014.[33]


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  2. ^ "Bright Dike – Disappointed by shock snub". MTN. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bright Dike Profile". University of Notre Dame. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Indiana Invaders Roster 2006". USL. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ 2010 MLS SuperDraft Archived January 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
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  9. ^ Arnold, Geoffrey. "Timbers announce first signed players for MLS". Oregon Live. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ Arnold, Geoffrey. "Portland Timbers' Bright Dike loaned to L.A. club". Oregon Live. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Timbers recall forward Bright Dike from loan, send defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste on loan to L.A. Blues". Portland Timbers. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Itel, Dan. "Timbers confirm Dike has torn ACL, sidelined until August". Major League Soccer. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Toronto FC deal Argentine striker Maximiliano Urruti to Portland Timbers for Bright Dike, 2015 draft pick". Major League Soccer. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ Bottjer, Steve. "Beast is back: Bright Dike cherishes first goal for Toronto FC in streak-breaking victory vs. DC United". Major League Soccer. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  15. ^ Russell, Grant. "Celtic lining up training stint for Nigerian striker Bright Dike". STV Sport. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  16. ^ "HULL, QPR EYEING TORONTO FC STRIKER BRIGHT DIKE". Tribal Football. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  17. ^ Larson, Kurtis. Kurtis Larson's Twitter Retrieved December 9, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  20. ^ "Амкар подписал контракт с Чинеду Дайком". (in Russian). FC Amkar Perm. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
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  22. ^ Doyle, Matthew. "Int'l Roundup: Dike capped for Nigeria; Spain rout Panama". MLS soccer. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Timbers' Dike called into camp with Nigeria National Team". Portland Timbers Communications. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  24. ^ Costello, Brian. "Add one more to the list: Bright Dike's first international goal vs. Catalonia By Brian Costello". Portland Timbers. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  25. ^ Adewuyi, Lolade. "Nigeria announce final Afcon squad of 23 players". Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  26. ^ Gebrehiwot, Mamo. "right Dike called up to face Ethiopia". Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Super Eagles cruise to Brazil". ESPN. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  28. ^ a b "Italy vs. Nigeria". ESPN. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  29. ^ Galarcep, Ives. "right Sources: Toronto FC's Bright Dike suffers torn Achilles, to miss MLS season and World Cup". Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  30. ^ Zeitlin, Dave. "right World Cup: Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi says MLS move did not impact Obafemi Martins' int'l chances". Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  31. ^ Zeitlin, Dave. "Courtney Dike, has two brothers, Bright plays for Toronto FC of Major League Soccer and is a member of the Nigerian National Team.". Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  32. ^ "Courtney Dike, has two brothers, Bright plays for Toronto FC of Major League Soccer and is a member of the Nigerian National Team.". Oklahoma State University–Stillwater. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  33. ^ "Courtney Dike speaks after scoring fastest goal". News 24. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 

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