Moussa Maâzou

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Moussa Maâzou
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Maâzou in 2010
Personal information
Full name Ouwo Moussa Maâzou
Date of birth (1988-08-25) 25 August 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Niamey, Niger
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Ajaccio
Number 28
Youth career
1998–2005 ASFAN
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 ASFAN 79 (48)
2008–2009 Lokeren 25 (14)
2009–2012 CSKA Moscow 15 (3)
2009 Lokeren (loan) 6 (3)
2010 Monaco (loan) 18 (5)
2010–2011 Bordeaux (loan) 15 (1)
2011 Monaco (loan) 1 (0)
2011–2012 Zulte Waregem (loan) 4 (0)
2012 Le Mans (loan) 15 (2)
2012–2013 Étoile du Sahel 12 (3)
2013–2014 Vitória Guimarães 25 (4)
2014–2015 Marítimo 18 (9)
2015 Changchun Yatai 26 (6)
2016 Randers FC 10 (1)
2016– Ajaccio 5 (0)
National team
2008– Niger 45 (12)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 September 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 March 2016

Ouwo Moussa Maâzou (born 25 August 1988) commonly known as Moussa Maâzou, is a Nigerien professional footballer who plays as a striker for Ligue 2 club AC Ajaccio.

Career[edit]

Maazou began his senior career as a player with Niger's Army club, ASFAN of Niamey.[1] In 2005–2006 Maazou scored 17 goals.[2] In the 2006–2007 season with ASFAN,[3] he scored 20 goals in 34 matches.[4] In January 2008, Belgian side Sporting Lokeren signed him. He scored six goals in his first nine matches. On 3 January 2009, Maâzou signed a contract with CSKA Moscow. The club paid Sporting Lokeren €4.8m for Maazou. He was immediately loaned back to Lokeren until 1 July 2009.[5] After CSKA qualified for the round of 16 of the UEFA Cup 2008–09, he was called back from the loan and on 12 March 2009 was registered as a CSKA player.[6] In January 2010 Maâzou left Russia, signing a six-month loan deal, with an option for a permanent move when his loan spell ends, with AS Monaco.[7] The following season Maâzou joined FC Girondins de Bordeaux on a one-year loan, again with an option to purchase.[8] At the end of January 2011 Maâzou returned to AS Monaco on another six-month,[9] but after only one game injured his knee in training and would require surgery.[10]

In February 2012, Maâzou signed for Le Mans on a six-month loan deal,[11] before moving to Tunisian side Étoile du Sahel on a 3-year contract during the summer of 2012.[12] After terminating his contract with Tunisian side Étoile du Sahel, Maâzou signed for Vitória Guimarães in Portugal in July 2013.[13]

He switched to another Portuguese club, Marítimo on August 2014.[14] On 28 January 2015, at that point the Portuguese top flight's second top goalscorer of the season with nine goals, Maâzou transferred to Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai.[15]

On July 29, 2016, AC Ajaccio announced the signing of Maâzou on a 1-year deal, with an option of a further year.[16]

International career[edit]

In April 2015, Maâzou announced his retirement from the Niger national football team at the age of 26, after having earned 30 caps and scored seven international goals. He credited the dismissal of manager Gernot Rohr in the previous October as a reason for his decision.[17] However, in October returned to the national team, scoring two goals against Somalia national football team in the campaign for 2018 World Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ L'homme du mois: « Maazou pense au Standard mais rêve d’Arsenal » .footgoal.net 17 December 2008
  2. ^ TRANSFERT DE MÂAZOU OUWO AU CSKA DE MOSCOU La réaction du Colonel Djibrilla Hima Hamidou dit Pélé. Republicain (Niger) 14 janvier 2009
  3. ^ Note: Niger league runs from late December to July or August
  4. ^ Maazou taking Belgium by storm (FIFA.com) Thursday 18 December 2008
  5. ^ http://www.footgoal.net/suite.php?selection=36090
  6. ^ Maazou became an Army player
  7. ^ "Monaco signs striker Moussa Maazou in loan deal". Fox Sports. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Transfert – Maazou signe aux Girondins". FC Girondins de Bordeaux. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Moussa Maazou proche d'un retour à Monaco" (in French). planete-asm. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "MONACO SIGNING MAAZOU CROCKED". Ligue 1. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Niger's Maazou to rescue Le Mans". english.ahram.org. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Foot - Le Nigérien Ouwo Moussa Maazou étoilé pour 3 ans (Photos & vidéo)". Étoile du Sahel. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Moussa Maazou : Le Nigérien retrouve le sourire au Portugal". africatopsports. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Moussa Maazou chegou para o ataque". Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  15. ^ Vasconcelos, Gonçalo (28 January 2015). "Maazou transferido para a China" [Maâzou transferred to China]. Record (in Portuguese). Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "Un renfort d'expérience en attaque (in French)". www.ac-ajaccio.corsica. July 29, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2016. 
  17. ^ Vilas, Nicolas (3 April 2014). "Maazou dit stop à la sélection du Niger" [Maâzou says "no more" to the Niger national team] (in French). Eurosport. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 

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