Chidi Odiah

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Chidi Odiah
Personal information
Full name Chukwudi Odiah
Date of birth (1983-12-17) December 17, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Julius Berger
Youth career
Eagle Cement
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Eagle Cement 28 (3)
2000 Julius Berger 10 (1)
2000–2004 Sheriff Tiraspol 58 (5)
2004–2012 CSKA Moscow 151 (5)
2015– Julius Berger (?)
National team
2004–2010 Nigeria 27 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 February 2012.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 05:07, 23 June 2010 (UTC)

Chidi Odiah (born 17 December 1983) is Nigerian professional football playerwho is currently playing for Julius Berger F.C..

Chidi Odiah has represented his country at international level. He has shown himself to be a skillful, attack minded fullback with a high work-rate.[1]

Club career[edit]

Eagle Cement and Julius Berger[edit]

He began his career with Eagle Cement in the Nigeria Premier League, before moving to Julius Berger F.C. in 2000 for which he has played 10 games. In this year Julius Berger F.C. won the Nigeria Premier League.

Sheriff Tiraspol[edit]

In late 2000 he moved to Sheriff Tiraspol. For the time spent in Tiraspol, Odiah appeared in 58 games adding five goals, becoming one of the major players in the team. Sheriff dominated Moldovan football and Chidi won many honors: Moldovan National Division2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04; Moldovan Cup – 2000/01, 2001/02; Moldovan Super Cup – 2003 and CIS Cup – 2003. He also gained experience in the UEFA Champions League qualifying phase.

CSKA Moscow[edit]

In CIS Cup, he drew the attention of scouts CSKA and in 2004, Odiah joined CSKA Moscow on a four-year contract.[2] Chidi was given the number 15 shirt. He made his debut for CSKA in the Russian Premier League against Rostov. He quickly took up position right back. Season 2005 was the best in his career, to date, Chukwudi won: Russian Premier League2005, Russian Cup – 2005, 2004–05 UEFA Cup (by beating Sporting Lisbon 3–1 in the Final on Estádio José Alvalade[3]) and participation in the 2005 UEFA Super Cup. At quarter-finals 2004–05 UEFA Cup he scored the first goal in the 4–0 win over Auxerre.[4] Last success in CSKA: quarter-finals 2009–10 UEFA Champions League and 2010-11 Russian Cup.

After Odiah's release from CSKA Moscow, there was an internet rumour that Odiah had retired from football and was now driving taxi's in the USA, a claim that Odiah denied.[5]

Back to Julius Berger[edit]

In January 2015, Odiah came back from his 3-years retirement in order to play for his old football club Julius Berger

International career and stats[edit]

Chidi has represented his nation at various youth levels. He played for Nigeria U-17 national team to African U-17 Championship – winner of the tournament. On the next event, Meridian Cup, he was team captain. His premier match in the senior team took place in September 2004, in a match against Zimbabwe. Chidi also twice won the bronze medal with Nigeria senior team at the African Cup of Nations2006, 2010.

Odiah was chosen for the team of Nigeria to 2010 FIFA World Cup[6] and in the first match against Argentina came into the starting lineup, as well in the match with South Korea, he made goal assist.

Goals for senior national team[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
11 October 2008 Abuja, Nigeria  Sierra Leone 4–1 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification



Julius Berger
Sheriff Tiraspol


Nigeria under-17 team


  • In the list of 33 best football players of the championship of Russia: position right half-backs № 1 (2005)[7]
  • In the list of 33 best football players of the championship of Russia: position right full-backs № 2 (2004)


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