Posted by: westafricanfootball | 22/07/2013

FOREIGN PLAYERS IN NIGERIAN FOOTBALL

LoyteYesterday, the excellent SuperSport published an article about Steve Nzigamasabo, the new Burundian midfielder at Rangers International FC:

http://www.supersport.com/football/nigeria/news/130721/Nzigamasobo_makes_history_in_Nigeria

Inspired by this article, I have worked out a list of foreign players in the Nigerian GLO Premier League 2013. All players mentioned have played at least one league match, or made the bench at least once, during the on-going season.

The picture, found on http://www.sognavis.no, shows burly Sharks FC-striker Isaac Loyte from Benin during a trial match at Norwegian club Sogndal Fotball.

KINGSLEY ASHU

Nationality: Cameroon

Club: Lobi Stars FC (started the season at Wikki Tourists FC)

Position: Full-back

Date of birth: Unknown

Games / Goals during 2013 for Wikki Tourists FC: Unknown / 0

Games / Goals during 2013 for Lobi Stars FC: Unknown / 0

FRANCK BANINI

Nationality: Cameroon

Club: Kaduna United FC (started the season at Enyimba FC)

Position: Striker

Date of birth: Unknown

Games / Goals during 2013 for Enyimba FC: Unknown / 0

Games / Goals during 2013 for Kaduna United FC: Unknown / 0

JUNIOR RAFAEL BOUMSONG

Nationality: Cameroon

Club: El-Kanemi Warriors FC

Position: Striker

Date of birth: Unknown

Games / Goals during 2013: Unknown / 6

PIERRE COLY

Nationality: Senegal

Club: Rangers International FC

Position: Central defender

Date of birth: Unknown

Games / Goals during 2013: Unknown / 0

ADAMA COULIBALY

Nationality: Mali

Club: Warri Wolves FC

Position: Left-back

Date of birth: 20.07.1987

Games / Goals during 2013: Unknown / 0

JOEL DJONDANG

Nationality: Cameroon

Club: El-Kanemi Warriors FC

Position: Central defender

Date of birth: Unknown

Games / Goals during 2013: Unknown / 0

YAOVI JOSEPH DOUHADJI

Nationality: Togo

Club: Dolphins FC

Position: Unknown

Date of birth: Unknown

Games / Goals during 2013: 0 / 0

EMMANUEL FABIYI

Nationality: Benin*

Club: Bayelsa United FC

Position: Goalkeeper

Date of birth: 09.10.1985

Games / Goals during 2013: Unknown / 0

* Please note that Fabiyi is born in Nigeria, but chose to represent the Benin national football team.

DANIEL FRIMPONG

Nationality: Ghana*

Club: Wikki Tourists FC

Position: Striker / Winger

Date of birth: 08.01.1993

Games / Goals during 2013: Unknown / 1

* Please note that Frimpong is born in Nigeria. 

ABDALLAH GUINDO

Nationality: Mali

Club: Bayelsa United FC

Position: Striker / Attacking midfielder

Date of birth: 29.07.1990

Games / Goals during 2013: Unknown / 0

ISAAC HÉLÉ HÉLÉ 

Nationality: Cameroon

Club: Sunshine Stars FC

Position: Right-back

Date of birth: 01.10.1981

Games / Goals during 2013: Unknown / 0

HASSAN HISSEIN

Nationality: Chad

Club: El-Kanemi Warriors FC

Position: Striker / Attacking midfielder

Date of birth: 20.05.1992

Games / Goals during 2013: Unknown / 1

ISAAC LOYTE

Nationality: Benin*

Club: Sharks FC

Position: Striker / Winger

Date of birth: Unknown

Games / Goals during 2013: Unknown / 1

* Please note that Loyte is born in Nigeria, but chose to represent the Benin national football team. Interestingly, Loyte was known as “Luther James” when he played for Gateway FC in 2009-2010.

JOHN KOLLIE

Nationality: Liberia

Club: Lobi Stars FC

Position: Striker / Attacking midfielder

Date of birth: 07.09.1981

Games / Goals during 2013: Unknown / 2

BORIS KONAN

Nationality: Ivory Coast

Club: Akwa United FC

Position: Striker

Date of birth: Unknown

Games / Goals during 2013: Unknown / 0

STEVE NZIGAMASABO

Nationality: Burundi

Club: Rangers International FC

Position: Midfielder

Date of birth: 10.12.1990

Games / Goals during 2013: 1 / 0

JUNIOR SALOMON

Nationality: Benin*

Club: Bayelsa United FC

Position: Central defender

Date of birth: 04.08.1986

Games / Goals during 2013: Unknown / 1

* Please note that several sources claim that Salomon is born in Nigeria. If so, Salomon chose to represent the Benin national football team.

PAPE OUSMANE SANÉ

Nationality: Senegal

Club: Rangers International FC

Position: Central defender

Date of birth: 21.02.1984

Games / Goals during 2013: Unknown / 0

ABUU SEIDU

Nationality: Ghana

Club: Dolphins FC

Position: Defensive midfielder

Date of birth: 03.07.1986

Games / Goals during 2013: Unknown / 0

***

I have followed Nigerian football closely for several years. Here is a list of foreign players, not currently playing in Nigerian football, since the season 2007-2008. The players are listed by country:

BENIN

Rachad Chitou (goalkeeper – born 18.09.1976) – last known Nigerian club: Wikki Tourists FC (2009-2010)

Tony Stanislas Toclomiti (central defender – born 08.03.1984) – last known Nigerian club: Enyimba FC (2010-2011)

BULGARIA

Petar Stanev (striker) – last known Nigerian club: Heartland FC (2008-2009)

CAMEROON

Mario Williams Elimbi (midfielder) – last known Nigerian club: Sunshine Stars FC (2012)

Bertrand Lekama (attacking midfielder) – last known Nigerian club: Kano Pillars FC (2008-2009)

Mark Kipeh Pangwoh (striker – born 08.01.1992) – last known Nigerian club: Kwara United FC (2012)

Medrano Tamen (midfielder – born 29.03.1986) – last known Nigerian club: Sunshine Stars FC (2012)

* Please note that Nigerian media has reported that Tamen has returned to Sunshine Stars FC. However, I can not document that he has played any matches, or sat on the bench, during the on-going season.

Mkoposi Wallach (attacking midfielder – born 14.04.1989) – last known Nigerian club: Heartland FC (2009-2010)

CHAD

Sidick Aboubakar (striker) – last known Nigerian club: Kano Pillars FC (2009-2010)

GHANA

Eric Ackon (central defender – born 14.10.1993) – last known Nigerian club: Rangers International FC (2010-2011)

Owusu Addai (striker – born 04.02.1985) – last known Nigerian club: Dolphins FC (2012)

James Amankwei (striker – born 09.11.1987) – currently playing for Plateau United FC in the Nigeria National League. Last top level club: Dolphins FC (2012)

Kwame Amoah (defender) – last known Nigerian club: Kano Pillars FC (2008-2009)

Isaac Amponsah – last known Nigerian club: Dolphins FC (2009-2010)

Aziz Ansah (full-back – born 07.10.1980) – last known Nigerian club: Heartland FC (2009-2010)

Johnson Eklu – last known Nigerian club: Sharks FC (2007-2008)

Eric Frimpong (striker) – last known Nigerian club: Enyimba FC (2008-2009)

Joseph Jackson (left-back – born 12.08.1989) – last known Nigerian club: Heartland FC (2012)

Joseph Tagoe (midfielder) – last known Nigerian club: Sharks FC (2008-2009)

Charles Asampong Taylor (striker – born 14.07.1981) – last known Nigerian club: Rangers International FC (2009-2010)

IVORY COAST

Jean Parfait Konan (central defender – born 25.05.1989) – last known Nigerian club: ABS FC (2012)

LIBERIA

Bill Sheriff (winger – born 31.01.1987) – last known Nigerian club: Heartland FC (2009-2010)

NIGER

Ismaël Eragae Alassane (defender – born 11.11.1984) – last known Nigerian club: Enyimba FC (2008-2009)

Harouna Ide (central defender) – last known Nigerian club: Kano Pillars FC (2009-2010)

Rabo Saminou (goalkeeper – born 23.08.1981) – last known Nigerian club: Enyimba FC (2007-2008)

SENEGAL

Pape Maguette Gningue (goalkeeper – born 25.12.1985) – last known Nigerian club: Sharks FC (2008-2009)

Alioune Badara Gueye (midfielder) – last known Nigerian club: Dolphins FC (2008-2009)

Abdou Sagna (left-winger) – last known club: Sharks FC (2012)

TOGO

Akinsola Busari (central defender – born 10.03.1988) – last known Nigerian club: Warri Wolves FC (2010-2011)

Emmanuel Mathias (right-back – born 03.04.1986) – last known Nigerian club: Heartland FC (2012)

Mensah Nsouhoho (goalkeeper – born 31.12.1990) – last known Nigerian club: Rangers International FC (2012)

ZAMBIA

Signs Chibambo (striker – born 17.07.1987) – last known Nigerian club: Heartland FC (2009-2010)


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