Jeremiah Ani

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Jerry Ani
Personal information
Full name Jeremiah Ani
Date of birth (1985-02-12) 12 February 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Kaduna, Nigeria
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Sliema Wanderers F.C
Number 5
Youth career
1996–1999 Black Gold fc-kaduna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Naxxar Lions 16 (18)
2005 Valletta F.C. 8 (1)
2006 Al Ittihad Kalba 12 (9)
2007 Kerċem Ajax F.C. 16 (18)
2008 Estrela da Amadora 5 (0)
2010 Rotherham United 0 (0)
2011 APOP Kinyras FC 5 (2)
2012 Sliema Wanderers F.C.
Pieta' Hotspurs F.C.
National team
2000 Nigeria U-17 3 (1)
2008 Nigeria U-23 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jeremiah Ani (born 12 February 1985 in Kaduna) is a Nigerian international footballer who is also a Maltese Citizen,Currently plays for Sliema Wanderers the Maltese Premier League.He plays as a Striker/Winger.


He Started his youth football with Black Gold fc and Adamawa united fc respectively,In 2002, he moved to Malta signed for Naxxar Lions he scored 18 goals in 16 league games that year and was so the top scorer of the first league in 2004. He was then attracting interests from top clubs in Malta such as Valletta F.C., Sliema Wanderers F.C. and clubs from Cyprus. He then signed for Valletta F.C.,[1] After leaving Valletta fc,he joined Al Ittihad Kalba in Dubai (U.A.E) on a 6months deal. He moved back to Malta and joined Kercem Ajax F.C.Scored 18 goals to win the top scorer of the year 2007 Div 1 league. he then attracted the interests of some clubs in Italy, Portugal and Russia. He is a power forward who has been compared to Drogba, with his style of play. He Played in the Portuguese Super liga after signing a 3-year contract with Estrela da Amadora;.[2] After Impressing in trials with Crystal Palace, Plymouth Argyle and Notts County,after much negotiations,with Notts County and Argyle unable to reach a deal to sign the forward, Ani signed with Rotherham United, to start his first spell in English football. He made his debut for the Millers in their 1-0 win over Lincoln City in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on 31 August 2010.He also played for APOP Kinyras FC in the top league of Cyprus.In 2012, he moved back to Malta and joined Sliema Wanderers F.C.. In January 2014, Ani joined Maltese First Division side Pieta' Hotspurs and did his first debut on Wednesday 22 January 2014 in a Trophy match, with his side beating Hiberians F.C.

International career[edit]

He featured for The U-17 junior national team of Nigeria. Ani was involved in the buildup to the 2008 Olympic games for Nigeria U-23 National Side,as he was regularly called up to the national side by then Samson Siasia, who was the head coach.[3] He featured for the Nigerian Olympic squad in 2007–08. He was also part of the Nigerian U-23 team that won the Intercontinental Cup in Malaysia in 2008.