Henry Makinwa

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Henry Makinwa
Personal information
Full name Henry Olufosoye Makinwa
Date of birth (1977-11-06) 6 November 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995 Iwuanyanwu Nationale
1996 Concord
1997 Udoji United 20 (22)
1997 Rayo Vallecano 0 (0)
1998 Penafiel 6 (0)
1998–2001 Vitoria Setúbal 73 (11)
2001–2002 Gil Vicente 11 (0)
2002–2003 Farense 18 (4)
2003 Rapid Bucureşti 11 (2)
2004 Feirense 8 (1)
2005 Al-Ahly 7 (1)
2005–2006 AEP 9 (4)
2007 Maccabi Petah Tikva 3 (0)
2007–2008 Tianjin Teda 12 (1)
2008–2009 Gretna 13 (0)
2009–2010 PSMS Medan 8 (2)
Vittoriosa Stars
Total 209 (52)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Henry Olufosoye Makinwa (born 6 November 1977 in Lagos) is a Nigerian retired footballer who played as a forward.

A journeyman, he represented 17 clubs in 11 countries during his professional career (his own included).

Club career[edit]

Early years / Portugal[edit]

After playing for three teams in his homeland, Makinwa moved abroad at the age of 19, his first stop being Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish second division. In the following transfer window, without having appeared officially for the club, he signed for F.C. Penafiel in Portugal, in the same level.

Makinwa (known in Portugal as Maki) spent the following four-and-a-half seasons in the country, mostly for Vitória de Setúbal. In the 2000–01 campaign he scored a career-best – in Europe – eight goals in 28 games, as the Sadinos returned to the Primeira Liga immediately after being relegated;[1] in late February 2003, he left S.C. Farense and switched to Romania with FC Rapid Bucureşti.


Over the course of the following four seasons, Makinwa never settled with a team, playing in Egypt, Portugal, Cyprus, Israel and China. On 8 November 2007, he signed for newly promoted Scottish Premier League side Gretna on a free transfer, following his release from Chinese Super League's Tianjin Teda FC.[2]

Makinwa made his competitive debut on 25 November 2007 against Hearts, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 home draw, with Laryea Kingston scoring at both ends.[3] He failed to score any goal in 14 official appearances and, after Gretna's relegation and dissolve, found himself again a free agent.

Late career[edit]

In October 2009, after spending one year in Indonesia, Makinwa joined Maltese First Division team Vittoriosa Stars F.C. on a free transfer.


  1. ^ "Santa Clara, Varzim e V. Setúbal regressam à I Liga" [Santa Clara, Varzim and V. Setúbal return to I Liga] (in Portuguese). Record. 27 May 2001. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Gretna move for striker Makinwa". BBC Sport. 8 November 2007. Retrieved 8 November 2007. 
  3. ^ "Kingston own goal provides precious point for Gretna". The Guardian. 26 November 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 

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