Festus Agu

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Festus Agu
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-03-13) 13 March 1975 (age 43)
Place of birth Enugu, Nigeria
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1988–1989 NITEL Vasco Gama
1989–1990 African Continental Bank
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Bendel United 19 (11)
1991–1992 Enugu Rangers 5 (1)
1992–1993 Bendel Insurance 5 (3)
1993–1994 Enugu Rangers 21 (13)
1994–1995 Club Bolívar 5 (1)
1995–1997 Compostela 8 (0)
1996–1997Ourense (loan) 9 (0)
1997–1998 Optik Rathenow 22 (14)
1998–1999 Fortuna Köln 7 (0)
1999 FC Gütersloh
2000–2001 Schweinfurt 05 22 (11)
2001–2002 VfR Aalen 21 (14)
2002–2003 Wacker Burghausen 11 (2)
2003–2005 FC St. Pauli 38 (8)
2005–2006 Enugu Rangers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Festus Agu (born 13 March 1975) is a Nigerian retired footballer who played as a striker.

Football career[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Agu was born in Enugu, and began his career in his country with Bendel United, Enugu Rangers and Bendel Insurance FC. During his development years, he was considered to be the most promising footballer in the nation.[1]

At the age of 19, Agu moved abroad joining Club Bolívar in Bolivia, having no impact whatsoever in one season.

Spain[edit]

Agu ventured to Spain in 1995, joining La Liga side SD Compostela. The club's chairman José María Caneda described him as "...a mix between Ronaldo and Bent Christensen" (the latter a player in the team).[1] During his stint, he shared teams with countryman Christopher Ohen but played only eight times in the season, going scoreless in the process.

In the following campaign, Agu was loaned to Galician neighbours CD Ourense in Segunda División, where he met exactly the same individual fate.[1]

Germany[edit]

Agu played the following eight years in Germany, starting with FSV Optik Rathenow in the NOFV-Oberliga.[1] In his only season he scored a career-high 14 league goals, and his performances resulted in a move to SC Fortuna Köln in the 2. Bundesliga. In the following campaign, after failing to find the net, he signed with fellow league side FC Gütersloh; his spell would be short-lived, however, due to the club temporarily dissolving because of debt.

In 2000, Agu joined 1. FC Schweinfurt 05 in the Regionalliga Süd, scoring 11 goals in his first year as the club promoted to the second level.[2] He was not re-signed however, and subsequently stayed in the category to play for VfR Aalen, netting 14 times as the Baden-Württemberg team finished in fourth place, three points shy of promotion.[3]

In the summer of 2002, Agu returned to the second division signing for SV Wacker Burghausen. However, he failed to replicate his previous goalscoring record and was ultimately released at the end of the season. Afterwards, he played with FC St. Pauli in the Regionalliga Nord, scoring six goals in his first year but only two in the following.

Retirement[edit]

At the age of 30, Agu returned to his country and re-joined former team Enugu Rangers. He retired after one season and, subsequently, pursued a career in sports law.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "¿Qué fue de... Festus Agu?" [Whatever happened to... Festus Agu?]. El Correo Gallego (in Spanish). 12 June 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "RL Süd – Spieltag / Tabelle 2000/01" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "RL Süd – Spieltag / Tabelle 2001/02" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 

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