Joseph Akpala

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Joseph Akpala
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Personal information
Full name Joseph Eneojo Akpala[1]
Date of birth (1986-08-24) 24 August 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Jos, Nigeria
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
K.V. Oostende
Number 17
Youth career
1999–2002 Pepsi Football Academy
2003–2005 Bendel United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Bendel Insurance 19 (13)
2006–2008 Charleroi 61 (25)
2008–2012 Club Brugge 130 (44)
2012–2014 Werder Bremen 21 (1)
2013–2014 Karabükspor (loan) 11 (4)
2014–2015 Karabükspor 25 (4)
2015– K.V. Oostende 30 (7)
National team
2008– Nigeria 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:25, 14 November 2015 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:29, 23 June 2013 (UTC)

Joseph Eneojo Akpala (born 24 August 1986 in Jos, Nigeria) is a Nigerian footballer. He currently plays for Belgian side K.V. Oostende.

Club career[edit]

Akpala is a product of the Pepsi Football Academy in Lagos. His first professional contract came in April 2003 with Bendel United Football Club, a Division One club in Benin City. He later joined Bendel Insurance FC, Benin City in the Premier Division of the Nigerian Professional League, in February 2005. He was to finish as joint top scorer with 13 goals in 19 games.

Subsequently, Akpala was signed by the Royal Charleroi S.C. of Belgian Jupiler Pro League in January 2006. He wore the number 27 jersey. He had a very successful campaign in 2007–08 as he topped the scorers chart with 18 goals. On 18 July 2008, Akpala joined Club Brugge signing a contract until 2013.

On 22 August 2012, German Werder Bremen signed Akpala after facing competition from West Ham United and Celtic. On 19 August 2013, Akpala began a week-long trial with English Championship side Reading.[2]

On 3 September 2013, Akpala signed for Turkish Karabükspor on a season loan.[3] In 2014 the deal was made permanent and he left Bremen for good. However, only after another year, in July 2015, he returned to Belgium, signing for K.V. Oostende on a three-year-contract.[4]

International career[edit]

He made his debut for Nigeria against South Africa on 6 September 2008. In June 2009, Akpala scored his first goal for Nigeria in a 1–0 away win against France in Saint-Étienne.[5]

He was selected for Nigeria's squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "fcclop_neutral.pdf" (PDF). FIFA.com. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Watts, Charles (19 August 2013). "Reading to take a look at Nigerian international striker Akpala". getreading.co.uk. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Okeleji, Oluwashina (5 September 2013). "Akpala leaves Bremen for more football in Turkey". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "KV Oostende strikt Joseph Akpala" (in Dutch). Het Nieuwsblad. 6 July 2015. Archived from the original on 14 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Joseph Akpala Goal Sees Nigeria Shock France". goal.com. 2 June 2009. Archived from the original on 14 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Nigeria to take new-look squad to Confederations Cup". BBC Sport. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 

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