Kennedy Igboananike

Kennedy Igboananike (born 26 February 1989) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker.[1]

Kennedy Igboananike
Kennedy Igboananike (vs. Malmö FF in 2013, cropped).jpg
Igboananike playing for AIK
Personal information
Full name Chibuike Kennedy Igboananike
Date of birth (1989-02-26) 26 February 1989 (age 32)
Place of birth Nri-Igbo, Nigeria
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
2006 Dynamo Football Academy
2007 Djurgårdens IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Djurgårdens IF 2 (0)
2008–2009 Vasalund 51 (30)
2010–2012 Djurgårdens IF 60 (15)
2013–2014 AIK 55 (19)
2015–2016 Chicago Fire 49 (11)
2016 D.C. United 7 (1)
2017 Veria 0 (0)
2017–2019 Örebro SK 47 (18)
2019 Al-Hazm 15 (4)
2020 IK Sirius 4 (0)
2021 IFK Mariehamn 19 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 October 2021

CareerEdit

SwedenEdit

Igboananike began his career with Dynamos Football Academy. He joined Djurgårdens IF in 2007 but only played twice during his time at the club. He played his first game on 19 June 2007 against Hammarby IF.[2] He moved on trial to IK Brage but was not signed.[3] In January 2008 he was contracted with Vasalunds IF and went on to become the top scorer of the Division 1 Norra in 2008.[3]

As of the 2010 season he returned to Djurgården.[4] He scored in his comeback away against BK Häcken, when he equalized the score to 1–1 in the match which Djurgården ultimately lost 2–1. Igboananike was Djurgården's top scorer in the 2010 season, scoring nine goals in 27 games.[5]

On 15 November 2012, Stockholm rivals AIK announced they had signed a three-year deal with Igboainanike. He got the number 21 jersey, because the number 7 was occupied by midfielder Helgi Daníelsson. During one of Kennedy's first games, against Gefle IF he scored a 96th-minute winner for his new club.

United StatesEdit

Chicago FireEdit

Igboananike signed with Chicago Fire SC of Major League Soccer on 2 December 2014 to a Designated Player contract.[6] Igboananike scored his first goal for Chicago on 30 May 2015, in a 3–0 win against the Montreal Impact. His goal against the Philadelphia Union on 2 April 2016 lead to Chicago's first win in the 2016 season.[7] He played with the Fire during the 2015 season and into the first half of the 2016 season.

D.C. UnitedEdit

D.C. United acquired Igboananike on 29 July 2016 in an exchange with the Fire, trading targeted allocation money and a third-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.[8] Igboananike made his debut with his new club two days later in a 1–1 draw with Montreal Impact. He scored his only goal for D.C. United against Orlando City SC on October 23, 2016. He scored in the 77th minute, the goal was assisted by Julian Büscher and the game ended in a 2–4 defeat.[9]

Igboananike's option was declined by United at the end of the 2016 season. His rights were then traded to Portland Timbers in exchange for a 2017 MLS SuperDraft pick.[10] Igboananike played a total of seven league games for United, and scored only one goal.[11]

GreeceEdit

On 7 February 2017, Igboananike joined Superleague Greece side Veria on a contract until the end of the 2016–17 season.[12]

Return to SwedenEdit

On 6 March 2017, only 1 month after he had signed for Veria, Igboananike signed for Swedish club Örebro on a free transfer.

Saudi ArabiaEdit

On 9 January 2019, Al-Hazm has signed Kennedy for one seasons from Örebro.[13] He was left without a club on 1 July, 2019.

IK SiriusEdit

Igboananike joined Swedish club, IK Sirius on January 17, 2020.

In March 2021, Igboananike joined Tajikistan Higher League club Istiklol on trial.[14]

IFK MariehamnEdit

Following his trial with Istiklol, Igboananike signed for IFK Mariehamn on 19 March 2021.[15]

Career statisticsEdit

As of 15 October 2017.[1]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sweden League Svenska Cupen Europa League Total
2007 Djurgårdens IF Allsvenskan 2 0 0 0 2 0
2008 Vasalunds IF Division 1 25 18 25 18
2009 Superettan 26 12 26 12
2010 Djurgårdens IF Allsvenskan 27 9 1 0 28 9
2011 28 6 2 1 30 7
2012 5 0 0 0 5 0
2013 AIK 29 14 3 2 32 16
2014 26 5 2 0 3 1 31 6
2017 Örebro SK 23 9 0 0 21 8
United States League US Open Cup Champions League Total
2015 Chicago Fire Major League Soccer 31 7 3 2 34 9
2016 Major League Soccer 18 4 3 0 21 4
2016 D.C. United Major League Soccer 7 1 0 0 7 1
Greece League Greek Cup Champions League Total
2016–17 Veria Superleague Greece 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 245 84 14 5 3 1 262 90

HonoursEdit

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Kennedy Igboananike at Soccerway
  2. ^ "Hammarby IF – Djurgården" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. 20 June 2007. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Igboananike vill bli Superettans skyttekung" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Djurgården värvar tillbaka jättetalangen" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. 15 December 2009. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  5. ^ "Kennedy stannar i Djurgården" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  6. ^ "NEWS: Chicago Fire Sign Nigerian Forward Kennedy Igboananike". Chicago Fire. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  7. ^ Santaromita, Dan (2 April 2016). "Kennedy Igboananike goal leads Fire to first win of season". nbcsports.com. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  8. ^ "United acquire Kennedy Igboananike from Chicago Fire". Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  9. ^ "GOAL: Kennedy Igboananike grabs his first for D.C. United".
  10. ^ "Portland Timbers acquire rights to Kennedy Igboananike before declining his contract option". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Kennedy Igboananike". Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ Al-Hazm is officially signed by Kennedy Igboananike
  14. ^ "На сбор Истиклола прибыл нападающий из Швеции". fc-istiklol.tj/ (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 6 March 2021. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  15. ^ "Kennedy Igboananike klar för Grönvitt". ifkfotboll.ax/ (in Swedish). IFK Mariehamn. 19 March 2021. Retrieved 27 March 2021.

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