Stanley Aborah (footballer, born 1987)

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Stanley Aborah
Stanley Aborah (2008).jpg
Stanley Aborah (left) in 2008
Personal information
Full name Stanley Opoku Aborah[1]
Date of birth (1987-06-23) 23 June 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Kumasi, Ghana
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 29
Youth career
1997–1998 Anderlecht
1998–1999 Cappellen
1999–2000 Gent
2000–2001 Germinal Beerschot
2001–2004 Jong Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Ajax 4 (0)
2005–2006 Den Bosch (loan) 21 (3)
2006–2007 Dender 3 (0)
2007–2009 Den Bosch 36 (3)
2010 Gillingham 1 (0)
2011 Cappellen 14 (8)
2011–2012 Vitesse Arnhem 13 (1)
2012–2013 Mura 05 12 (1)
2013 Ferencváros 7 (1)
2015–2017 Notts County 42 (1)
2017– Portsmouth 4 (0)
National team
Belgium U19
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 May 2017.

Stanley Opoku Aborah (born 23 June 1987) is a Ghanaian-Belgian footballer who plays for EFL League Two side Portsmouth. He is primarily an attacking midfielder. He holds both a Ghanaian passport and a Belgian passport.


Early career[edit]

Aborah was born in Kumasi, Ghana, and has had Belgian nationality since he was 10 years old. He had spells at R.S.C. Anderlecht, Cappellen, AA Gent and Germinal Beerschot before joining the Ajax youth team in 2001. His father, Stanley Aborah, Snr, a former Ghana international, operated as a defensive midfielder and played at clubs including Germinal Ekeren (now Germinal Beerschot).

In the Netherlands[edit]

As a former Jong Ajax captain, he stepped into the senior Ajax squad in 2004–05 and made his debut on 16 October 2004, against SC Heerenveen,[2] playing in the UEFA Champions League victory against Maccabi Tel-Aviv three days later.[3][4]

Ajax loaned him in the 2005–06 season to second division F.C. Den Bosch to gain more experience. Aborah took part in 21 matches with this club and scored three goals.[5]

In Belgium, Slovakia and England[edit]

On 3 January 2007, he signed for Belgian Second Division side FCV Dender EH on a free transfer. In the summer of 2007, Aborah signed a two-year contract with his former club Den Bosch. In 2010, he left Bosch and joined second division Slovakian team; AS Trenčín, he then left them at the end of the season and joined Gillingham of England's Football League Two on a one-month contract in August 2010, which was subsequently extended to two months.[6] He made his Gillingham debut in 1–0 defeat away to Bradford City on 18 September 2010, but this proved to be his only appearance for the club, as he was released from his contract on 5 October.[7]

In July 2015, Aborah signed for Notts County after having a trial with the Nottinghamshire side. He remained with the club until he was released on 31 January 2017.[8] Aborah subsequently signed for Portsmouth but was released after just 4 appearances, 3 as a sub, in the summer of 2017.

International career[edit]

Aborah has dual Ghanaian and Belgian citizenship. He was a Belgium youth (U18) international[citation needed].


  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/08/2010 and 31/08/2010" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  2. ^ "UEFA Champions League Profile". 2005-09-14. Retrieved 2005-09-14. 
  3. ^ "Ajax 3–0 Maccabi Tel-Aviv". ESPNsoccernet. 2004-10-19. Retrieved 2004-10-19. 
  4. ^ "Ajax restore pride, hope with 3–0 win over Maccabi Tel-Aviv". 2004-10-19. Archived from the original on 2005-03-06. Retrieved 2004-10-19. 
  5. ^ "Stanley Aboran loaned out to Den Bosch". 2005-11-04. Retrieved 2005-11-04. 
  6. ^ "Aborah signs for the Gills". Gillingham F.C. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Gillingham release midfielder Stanley Aborah". BBC Sport. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Notts sign West Brom striker on loan as Aborah leaves Meadow Lane". Nottingham Post. 2017-01-31. Retrieved 2017-02-13. 

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