Thomas Sowunmi

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The native form of this personal name is Sowunmi Thomas. This article uses Western name order when mentioning individuals.
Thomas Sowunmi
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Personal information
Full name Thomas Babatunde Sowunmi
Date of birth (1978-07-25) 25 July 1978 (age 38)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 7
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Dunaújváros 0 (0)
1998–2001 Vasas 84 (22)
2001–2002 Dunaújváros 34 (5)
2002 Ajaccio 0 (0)
2002–2003 Dunaújváros 11 (1)
2003–2005 Ferencváros 31 (7)
2005–2006 Slovacko 24 (4)
2006–2007 Hibernian 5 (0)
2007–2009 Vasas 46 (5)
2009–2010 Siófok 42 (15)
2010–2011 APOP 7 (1)
2011–2012 Siófok 28 (4)
2013– Ajka 56 (18)
National team
1996–1997 Hungary U-19 1 (0)
1996–1999 Hungary U-21 2 (0)
1999–2006 Hungary 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 February 2009

Thomas Sowunmi (born 25 July 1978 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a Hungarian international footballer.

Sowunmi was born in Nigeria to a Hungarian mother and a Nigerian father and spent the first nine years of his life in the African state.[1] He started playing football aged 13 and began a professional football career with Dunaferr.

Sowunmi left for Vasas Budapest in 1998 but returned to his first club in 2001. He made his first appearance for Hungary in August 1999, in a 1–1 draw against Moldova.[2] Sowunmi was the first person of color to represent Hungary at football.[2] He spent a short spell in France with AC Ajaccio but returned to Hungary with Ferencvaros in 2003. He was signed by FC Slovacko in 2005 but after one season became involved in a dispute with the club. Eventually he was released from his attachment to the Czech team following police and FIFA intervention.[1]

Sowunmi signed for Scottish club Hibernian on 6 February 2007 after impressing manager John Collins while on trial. In just his second match he came on as a half-time substitute in a Scottish Cup quarter-final tie at Queen of the South and scored the decisive goal in a 2–1 win. Sowunmi was released by Hibernian in June, and Sowunmi re-signed for Vasas Budapest in September 2007.


  1. ^ a b "Sowunmi: Panther tried to pounce for me". Edinburgh Evening News. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 2007-04-12. 
  2. ^ a b Toma, Razvan (6 May 2011). "Colourful Pioneers". Retrieved 24 December 2013. 

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