Kennedy Igboananike

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Kennedy Igboananike
Kennedy Igboananike (vs. Malmö FF in 2013, cropped).jpg
Igboananike playing for AIK
Personal information
Full name Chibuike Kennedy Igboananike
Date of birth (1989-02-26) 26 February 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Nri-Igbo, Nigeria
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Veria
Number 77
Youth career
2006 Dynamo Football Academy
2007 Djurgården
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Djurgården 2 (0)
2008–2009 Vasalund 51 (30)
2010–2012 Djurgården 60 (15)
2013–2014 AIK 55 (19)
2015–2016 Chicago Fire 49 (11)
2016 D.C. United 7 (1)
2017– Veria 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:30, 13 February 2017 (UTC).

Kennedy Igboananike (born 26 February 1989) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Superleague Greece side Veria.[1]

Career[edit]

Sweden[edit]

Igboananike began his career with Dynamos Football Academy. He joined Djurgårdens IF in 2007 but only played twice during his time at the club. He played his first game on 19 June 2007 against Hammarby IF.[2] He moved on trial to IK Brage but was not signed.[3] In January 2008 he was contracted with Vasalunds IF and went on to become the top scorer of the Division 1 Norra in 2008.[3]

As of the 2010 season he returned to Djurgården.[4] He scored in his comeback away against BK Häcken, when he equalized the score to 1–1 in the match which Djurgården ultimately lost 2–1. Igboananike was Djurgården's top scorer in the 2010 season, scoring nine goals in 27 games.[5]

On 15 November 2012, Stockholm rivals AIK announced they had signed a three-year deal with Igboainanike. He got the number 21 jersey, because the number 7 was occupied by midfielder Helgi Daníelsson. During one of Kennedy's first games, against Gefle IF he scored a 96th-minute winner for his new club.

United States[edit]

Igboananike signed with Chicago Fire SC of Major League Soccer on 2 December 2014 to a Designated Player contract.[6] He played with the Fire during the 2015 season and into the first half of the 2016 season.

D.C. United acquired Igboananike on 29 July 2016 in an exchange with the Fire, trading targeted Allocation money and a third-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.[7] Igboananike made his debut with his new club two days later in a 1-1 draw with Montreal Impact.

Igboananike's option was declined by United at the end of the 2016 season. His rights were then traded to Portland Timbers in exchange for a 2017 MLS SuperDraft pick.[8]

Greece[edit]

On 7 February 2017, Igboananike joined Superleague Greece side Veria on a contract until the end of the 2016–17 season.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 13 February 2017.[1]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sweden League Svenska Cupen Europa League Total
2007 Djurgårdens IF Allsvenskan 2 0 0 0 2 0
2008 Vasalunds IF Division 1 25 18 25 18
2009 Superettan 26 12 26 12
2010 Djurgårdens IF Allsvenskan 27 9 1 0 28 9
2011 Allsvenskan 28 6 2 1 30 7
2012 Allsvenskan 5 0 0 0 5 0
2013 AIK Allsvenskan 29 14 3 2 32 16
2014 Allsvenskan 26 5 2 0 3 1 31 6
United States League US Open Cup Champions League Total
2015 Chicago Fire Major League Soccer 31 7 3 2 34 9
2016 Major League Soccer 18 4 3 0 21 4
2016 D.C. United Major League Soccer 7 1 0 0 7 1
Greece League Greek Cup Champions League Total
2016–17 Veria Superleague Greece 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 224 76 14 5 3 1 241 82

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kennedy Igboananike profile". Soccerway. 13 February 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Hammarby IF – Djurgården" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. 20 June 2007. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Igboananike vill bli Superettans skyttekung" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Djurgården värvar tillbaka jättetalangen" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. 15 December 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Kennedy stannar i Djurgården" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "NEWS: Chicago Fire Sign Nigerian Forward Kennedy Igboananike". Chicago Fire. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "United acquire Kennedy Igboananike from Chicago Fire". Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  8. ^ http://www.oregonlive.com/timbers/index.ssf/2016/12/portland_timbers_reportedly_ac_1.html
  9. ^ http://www.veriafc.gr/index.php/2012-10-10-16-37-41/1084-podosfairistis-tis-vasilissas-o-kennedy

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