Kevin Amuneke

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Kevin Amuneke
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Amuneke playing for Öster in 2012.
Personal information
Full name Kevin Onyekachi Amuneke
Date of birth (1986-05-10) 10 May 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Eze Obodo, Nigeria
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Soccer Warriors
1999–2002 Benfica
2002–2003 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Porto B 6 (0)
2004–2006 Landskrona BoIS 48 (16)
2006–2007 Vitória Setúbal 28 (4)
2007 CSKA Sofia 10 (2)
2008 Norrköping 27 (6)
2009 Politehnica Timişoara 2 (0)
2009–2011 Nacional 16 (2)
2011–2012 Öster 12 (2)
2013 Trelleborg 4 (0)
2013 Tondela 1 (0)
2014 Sloboda Užice 4 (0)
2015 Halmia 13 (4)
2016 Ballynure Old Boys 8 (12)
2017 Linfield 2 (0)
National team
2005 Nigeria 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 March 2017.

Kevin Onyekachi Amuneke (born 10 May 1986) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a forward.

He spent most of his professional career in Europe, mainly in Portugal and Sweden.

Club career[edit]

Amuneke was born in Eze Obodo. After starting out at S.L. Benfica and FC Porto, representing only the youth teams in the first case and the youths and the reserves in the second,[1][2] he began his professional career in Sweden with Landskrona BoIS (where he played alongside brother Kingsley) and, after two years, returned to Portugal, appearing for Vitória F.C. in the Primeira Liga.[3]

On 21 May 2007, after cancelling out his contract unilaterally, Amuneke agreed to join PFC CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria for about 400,000.[4] However, he returned to Sweden in December of the same year to play for IFK Norrköping in the top level – the transfer fee was this time reported as €300,000.

After a brief stint in Romania with FC Politehnica Timișoara, Amuneke moved back to Portugal, signing with Madeira's C.D. Nacional in early July 2009.[5] Not having been used at all during the first part of the 2010–11 season,[6] he was released by the club, resuming his career with Östers IF in the Superettan.

Amuneke rarely settled in the following years, representing in quick succession Trelleborgs FF (Sweden), C.D. Tondela (Portugal), FK Sloboda Užice (Serbia) and IS Halmia (Sweden). On 21 December 2016, after a stint at Ballynure Old Boys of the Ballymena & Provincial Football League, he moved to the NIFL Premiership having agreed a short-term deal at Linfield.

International career[edit]

Amuneke won two caps for Nigeria, both during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, featuring against Rwanda and Angola in June 2005.

Personal life[edit]

Amuneke's older brothers, Emmanuel and Kingsley, were also footballers.[7] The former, a winger, played amongst others for Sporting Clube de Portugal and FC Barcelona, and was also a Nigerian international.


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