Paul Obiefule

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Paul Obiefule
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Personal information
Full name Paul Ikechukwu Obiefule
Date of birth (1986-05-15) 15 May 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Owerri, Nigeria
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Holstebro
Youth career
Planners FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Heartland ? (?)
2004–2007 Viborg FF 40 (0)
2007–2009 Lyn[1] 52 (3)
2010–2011 Hønefoss[1] 35 (4)
2011 Lillestrøm (loan)[1] 12 (0)
2012–2013 KuPS 27 (2)
2013–2014 Assyriska FF 26 (2)
2015– Holstebro 0 (0)
National team
2004–2007 Nigeria 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 August 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 December 2008

Paul Ikechukwu Obiefule (born 15 May 1986 in Owerri) is a Nigerian footballer who currently plays for Denmark Series side Holstebro.

Club career[edit]

Obiefule began his career in his home country of Nigeria playing for Planners FC and then Heartland, where he spent two months before being spotted by Danish side Viborg FF, who signed him in 2004. During his time at Viborg he attracted lots of interest from many overseas clubs but in 2007 it was announced that he had signed a one-year deal for the Norwegian club Lyn, in September 2008 signed a new contract, lasting until the end of 2011 and Was Handed Over The Captain Band Making him the First Black To Captain a Norwegian Premiership Club Obiefule was a transfer target for English Championship side Watford, Scottish Aberdeen and Norwegian Hønefoss.[2] Obiefule verbally agreed on 14 December 2009 for a 3-year long contract for Hønefoss because of a knee injury that jeopardised his moves to either Scotland or England. Obiefule agreed on 6 months loan for Lillestrøm on 2 August 2011 and was drafted into the game against Tromsø the next day, 3 August, without training with his new teammate.[3] In February 2012 Obiefule signed a contract for the 2012 season with Finnish Veikkausliiga team KuPS. [4]

In November 2012, Obiefule was back training with Viborg FF ahead of a proposed move to an unknown Chinese team.[5]

In August 2015, Obiefule agreed for a contract with Danish club Holstebro.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Club Division League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2004–05 Viborg Superliga 8 0 0 0 8 0
2005–06 Superliga 18 0 0 0 18 0
2006–07 Superliga 14 0 0 0 14 0
2007 Lyn Tippeligaen 6 0 1 0 7 0
2008 Tippeligaen 24 0 5 1 29 1
2009 Tippeligaen 22 3 3 2 25 5
2010 Hønefoss Tippeligaen 21 2 2 0 23 2
2011 Adeccoligaen 14 2 3 2 17 4
2011 Lillestrøm Tippeligaen 12 0 0 0 12 0
2012 KuPS Veikkausliiga 27 2 8 0 35 2
Career Total 166 9 22 5 188 14

International career[edit]

Obiefule is a full Nigerian international and made his debut for the Super Eagles in the LG tournament in 2004. He was a member of Super Eagles squad that won bronze in Egypt in 2006. He has been capped 10 times for his country.

Personal life[edit]

Obiefule was studying agricultural economics at the Federal University of Technology Owerri in Nigeria but gave it up to pursue a professional football career.

His younger brother Polycarp Obinna Obiefule, plays currently for Mosta F.C. in Malta. His brother Pol broke a record as the highest goal ever scored in Maltese Premier League in the 2011/2012 Season with 34 Goals. Formerly member of Planners F.C. Owerri Imo State Nigeria.

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