Sani Kaita

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Sani Kaita
Personal information
Full name Sani Haruna Kaita
Date of birth (1986-05-02) 2 May 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth Kano, Nigeria
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Saxan
Number 36
Youth career
0000–2003 Kano Pillars
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Kano Pillars
2005–2008 Sparta Rotterdam 22 (0)
2008–2011 Monaco 3 (0)
2009 Kuban Krasnodar (loan) 17 (0)
2009 Lokomotiv Moscow (loan) 3 (0)
2010 Alania Vladikavkaz (loan) 6 (0)
2010 Metalist Kharkiv (loan) 6 (0)
2011 Iraklis (loan) 6 (0)
2011–2012 Tavriya Simferopol 7 (0)
2012–2013 Olympiakos Nicosia 2 (0)
2014 Enyimba 1 (1)
2014– FC Saxan 12 (0)
National team
2005–2010 Nigeria 24 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 April 2014.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 05:12, 23 June 2010 (UTC)

Sani Haruna Kaita (born 2 May 1986, in Kano, Nigeria) is a Nigerian footballer he currently plays for FC Saxan but played for a number of Nigeria Premier League teams, latest of which was Enyimba F.C..

Club career[edit]

A hardworking combative midfielder, he joined Sparta in the 2005/2006 season from Kano Pillars FC. Kaita moved to AS Monaco FC in September 2008.[1] He left on 13 January 2009 and joined FC Kuban Krasnodar on loan through 31 December 2009.[2] On 25 August 2009, Lokomotiv Moscow signed the Nigerian midfielder on loan from Monaco until December.[3] On 25 February 2010 Alania Vladikavkaz signed the midfielder on loan.[4] On 31 May 2010 FC Metalist Kharkiv signed Kaita on loan. On the last day of the 2011 winter transfer window, Kaita moved to Greek Superleague side Iraklis on a six-month loan deal.[5]

In April 2014, Kaita was back in Nigeria training with Enyimba F.C.[6] He made his debut against Sharks F.C. on May 7 and spent a three-month loan with the Aba side. The loan was part of the League Management Company's elite initiative for foreign based professionals.

International career[edit]

A midfielder, Kaita caught the eye of Sparta when playing all 7 matches for Nigeria U-20 at the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup in the Netherlands.[7] He is also a member of the senior Nigeria national football team making his debut in a 3–0 friendly loss against Romania in November 2005.

He was sent off in a match against Greece on 17 June 2010, in their second 2010 FIFA World Cup match for kicking Vasilis Torosidis after Torosidis motioned as if to throw the ball at Kaita.[8] This makes him the first Nigerian player to be sent off in a World Cup match. Greece went on to score their first World Cup goals, and win their first ever match in the World Cup.[9] Sani Kaita was inundated with death threats from within Nigeria.


Nigeria Nigeria

African footballer of the year: 2008, 2009, 2010 Nigeria Nigeria under-20

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