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Anthony Ujah – biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

IntroNigerian football player
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Association football player

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Nigeria

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Gendermale
Birth 14 October 1990, Obokolo
Age:29 years

Anthony Ujah (born 14 October 1990) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a striker for the Chinese side Liaoning Whowin and the Nigeria national team.

Early life

Ujah grew up in the little town of Ugbokolo in Nigeria’s Benue State.

Club career

Ujah began his career with Abuja F.C. In 2008, he was signed by Warri Wolves. He left Warri Wolves in January 2010 to attend a trial with Lillestrøm.

Lillestrøm

2010 season

Having impressed while attending the trial, Ujah signed a four-year contract with Lillestrøm and made his debut for the club on 14 March 2010 against Aalesunds FK.

In January 2011, Ujah was linked with a move to England with Football League One clubs Swindon Town F.C. and Southampton F.C. reportedly interested. On transfer deadline day, Ujah travelled to La Liga side Mallorca to discuss a move after Lillestrøm accepted a bid for the striker. However, no deal was signed, and Ujah started the 2011 campaign still in the Norway with Lillestrøm.

2011 season

In the first game of the season on 3 March 2011, Ujah scored four goals in Lillestrøm’s 7–0 victory away against Stabæk. Following his strong performance, it was reported that PSV Eindhoven, among other European clubs such as Rennes, Lille, Toulouse and Sunderland, were keeping tabs on Ujah. Ujah added to his tally by scoring a brace in his side’s 5–0 of FK Haugesund on 25 April. In May 2011, following his return of eight goals from the first six league matches for Lillestrøm, Ujah was linked to a host of bigger clubs from strong continental leagues including the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Eredivisie. A month later on 28 May, Ujah netted the winning goal in a 4–2 victory over Sarpsborg 08. On 19 June 2011, Ujah again hit four goals for Lillestrøm, this time against Strømsgodset, helping his side to a 4–2 win in the Tippeligaen. After just 15 months in Norway, he built up a tremendous rapport with the club’s supporters and arguably attained an almost legend-like status unheard of for a 20-year-old. He ended up scoring 30 goals in 42 matches across all official competitions for Lillestrøm.

Mainz

In June 2011, Ujah signed for 1. FSV Mainz 05, after being tracked by several clubs, most notably Danish outfits F.C. Copenhagen and Brøndby IF. Ujah scored his first two goals for his new club in a 3–1 victory over VfB Stuttgart on 4 November, ending his side’s winless run that stretched back to mid-August and moved them three points clear of the relegation zone.

On the last day of the summer 2012 transfer window, Ujah signed a season-loan to 1. FC Köln.

Werder Bremen

On 5 May 2015, Werder Bremen announced that they had signed Ujah on a four-year contract, starting from the 2015–16 season. On 24 October, Ujah scored a brace against his former club Mainz as Werder earned a 3–1 away win following five successive defeats. Four days laters, he netted again, helping Werder to a 1–0 victory over his former club 1. FC Köln in the second round of the DFB-Pokal. It was his first goal in a home match at the Weserstadion.

Liaoning Whowin

On 5 July 2016, Werder Bremen announced Ujah would be joining Liaoning Whowin pending a medical for a reported transfer fee of €13 million. Both player and club had rejected a similar offer from Liaoning Whowin in the previous winter transfer window. Two days later, the move was finalised with Ujah signing a three-year contract. On 8 July 2016, Ujah scored on his debut for Liaoning in a 2–1 win over Shijiazhuang Ever Bright.

International career

At the end of May 2011, Ujah was called up to the U23 Nigerian National Team that faced Tanzania on 5 June 2011.

He was selected for Nigeria’s squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Career statistics

As of 2 May 2016
ClubSeasonLeagueCupEuropeTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Lillestrøm2010Tippeligaen2414332717
20111213301513
Total362763004230
1. FSV Mainz 052011–12Bundesliga1222020162
2012–13001010
Total1223020172
1. FC Köln2012–132. Bundesliga2813303113
2013–143411303711
2014–15Bundesliga3210323512
Total9434920010336
Werder Bremen2015–16Bundesliga3011533514
Total301153003514
Liaoning Whowin2016Chinese Super League15500155
Total1550000155
Career Total187792382021287