Murphy Akanji

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Murphy Akanji
Personal information
Full name Murphy Akanji
Date of birth (1977-12-01) December 1, 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995 Niger Tornadoes ? (0)
1996 Sharks ? (0)
1997 Udoji United 21 (0)
1998–2001 Julius Berger 27 (0)
2001–2008 Sliema Wanderers 171 (0)
National team
1999–2002 Nigeria 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 28, 2008.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 28, 2008

Murphy Akanji (born December 1, 1977 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a professional footballer who most recently played for Sliema Wanderers in the Maltese Football League, where he played as a goalkeeper.


Akanji joined Sliema Wanderers from Julius Berger in August, 2001, and he aspired to make an impression and rapidly travel to a better club in a more significant European league. He was one of the best goalkeepers in the Maltese Premier League throughout his time with the club, although he often mixed flashes of brilliance with beginners' mistakes, making consistency his main flaw. In both 2005–06 and 2006–07 Akanji won the Best Goalkeeper Award.


He is an international goalkeeper and has represented Nigeria at the African Nations Cup.

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