Abdul Jeleel Ajagun

Abdul Jeleel Ajagun (born 10 February 1993) is a Nigerian football attacking midfielder. He is currently unemployed after most recently playing for K.V. Kortrijk.

Abdul Jeleel Ajagun
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Personal information
Date of birth (1993-02-10) 10 February 1993 (age 28)
Place of birth Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Youth career
2003–2009 Dolphins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Dolphins 92 (39)
2013–2017 Panathinaikos 67 (10)
2016Levadiakos (loan) 12 (0)
2016–2017Roda JC (loan) 31 (5)
2017–2020 Kortrijk 58 (7)
2019Omonia (loan) 11 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Nigeria U17 7 (2)
2010–2014 Nigeria U20 22 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:21, 4 November 2019 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Ajagun is a youth product of the Nigerian's Dolphins F.C..[citation needed]

On 28 August 2013, Panathinaikos announced Ajagun signed a contract for four years with the club.[1] On his debut with Panathinaikos, he scored against Platanias.

On 30 July 2015, Ajagun helped Greek club Panathinaikos come from behind to beat visiting Club Brugge of Belgium 2–1 in a UEFA Champions League qualifying round. Panathinaikos fell behind in front of their fans after just 10 minutes, but they showed great character to come back and win with two goals one in each half. And that was after they had defender Sergio Sanchez sent off two minutes from halftime and also missed a penalty in the 34th minute. Ajagun was replaced in the 46th minute on account of the red card against his team.[2] Former Nigeria youth star Abduljeleel Ajagun scored for his Greek side Panathinaikos in his first league game of the 2015–16 season as they beat Levadiakos 3–0.[3] On 29 January 2015, Panathinaikos announced that 23-year-old Nigerian midfielder Abdul Ajagun will continue his career at Levadiakos on loan until the end of season. Ajagun was not in manager's Andrea Stramaccioni plans and his departure will free a foreigner's position, in order for the Greens to complete Lucas Villafanez and Rodrigo Moledo's transfers.[4]

On 14 July 2016, Roda have announced the signing of former Nigeria youth international on season-long loan with a view to a permanent move. Ajagun, who played under the Miners boss Yannis Anastasiou will be hoping to make his mark in the Dutch elite division.[5] On 15 April 2017, he scored a brace in a vital game against Sparta Rotterdam sealing a 3–1 home win in his club's effort to avoid relegation.[6] On 7 May 2017, he scored at the last minute of the vital home game against Willem II sealing a 1–0 win but despite the win, the team from Kerkrade kept fighting Sparta Rotterdam and NEC for a chance to direct self-preservation, with one game remaining for the end of the season.[7]

On 5 July 2017, Ajagun will continue his career in Kortrijk on the coach Yannis Anastasiou's recommendation, as Panathinaikos announced officially. It has long been known to be official, that the Nigerian footballer was not in the plans of Panathinaikos coach Marinos Ouzounidis after returning from his long season loan to Roda.[8] On 17 September 2017, he scored his first goal with the club in a 2–2 home draw against Anderlecht.[9]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played on 21 May 2019[10]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Panathinaikos 2013–14 Superleague Greece 27 4 5 2 0 0 32 6
2014–15 28 4 3 1 8[a] 1 39 6
2015–16 12 2 1 0 2[b] 0 15 2
Total 67 10 9 3 10 1 86 14
Levadiakos (loan) 2015–16 Superleague Greece 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Roda JC (loan) 2016–17 Eredivisie 31 5 1 0 4[c] 0 36 5
Kortrijk 2017–18 Belgian First Division A 36 6 5 3 0 0 41 9
2018–19 8 0 3 0 0 0 11 0
Total 44 6 8 3 0 0 52 9
AC Omonia (loan) 2018–19 Cypriot First Division 11 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
Career totals 165 21 19 6 14 1 198 28
  1. ^ Six appearances in UEFA Europa League, Two appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ One appearance in both UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearances in Promotion/relegation play-offs

International careerEdit

He was a member of the Nigeria national under-17 football team that placed second in the 2009 edition they hosted, and scored two goals.[11] He has played in two African Youth Championships with the Nigeria under-20 team. He captained the squad in 2013 as they placed third to qualify for the 2013 Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.

On 21 June 2013, Ajagun scored two goals in their 3–2 defeat to Portugal in their opening game of the 2013 U-20 World Cup.[12]

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Dolphins
Panathinaikos

CountryEdit

Under-20

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Champions league: Ajagun scores winning goal for Panathiniakos
  3. ^ Ajagun scores in first league game
  4. ^ Panathinaikos lend Ajagun to Levadiakos
  5. ^ Nigeriaan Ajagun negende nieuweling bij Roda
  6. ^ Roda vs Sparta Rotterdam 3–1
  7. ^ Roda vs Willem II 1–0
  8. ^ EXCLUSIVE: Ajagun in line to join Belgian club KV Kortrijk
  9. ^ KV Kortrijk – Anderlecht (2–2)
  10. ^ Abdul Jeleel Ajagun at Soccerway. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  11. ^ FIFA competition stats
  12. ^ "Bruma brace denies Nigeria". FIFA. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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