Razak Omotoyossi (born 8 October 1985) is a Nigerian-born Beninese footballer who plays as a striker for JA Cotonou and the Benin national football team. He has played in Nigeria, Egypt, Sweden, Saudi Arabia and France.
Omotoyossi and Segbé Azankpo in May 2014
|Date of birth||8 October 1985|
|Place of birth||Lagos, Nigeria|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:52, 18 February 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:36, 23 March 2016 (UTC)
Born in Lagos, Omotoyossi started his career in his native Nigeria, but was nearly derailed when the Nigeria Football Federation slammed a five-year ban on him for allegedly assaulting a referee during a Premier League game between his club, Sunshine Stars and visiting Enyimba. He had though already left to play in neighbouring Benin. He later switched to Beninese citizenship the same year.
Omotoyossi signed for Moldovan side FC Sheriff in November 2005.
In March 2007 he went on trial with Israeli Premier League side Hapoel Kfar Saba. He scored in a Toto Cup game, but did not sign for them as he found the challenge of the Swedish Allsvenskan more promising.
In the 2007–08 UEFA Cup, he scored twice in the first two qualifying rounds. His first goal came in the first leg of the first qualifying round home win over Estonian Meistriliiga side Narva Trans on 19 July 2007, and he then scored in the second qualifying round, second leg, a 3–0 home win over League of Ireland Premier Division side Drogheda United. He added a further four goals in the group stage as Helsingborg finished second in Group H. Omotoyossi had scored six goals in six matches, (3 goals against Heereveen of Netherlands, 2 against Austria Vienna and 1 against the Turkish Giants Galatasaray) making him top scorer alongside teammate Henrik Larsson and Luca Toni of Bayern Munich. His six goals were critical in Helsingborgs booking their passage to the last 32. With six goals in a total of eight games, Omotoyossi finished as joint 4th top scorer in the tournament. Despite being a top-scorer in Helsingborg. He also appeared that year in Italy's Guerin Sportivo as one of the world's top 50 stars for the very near future. This record caught the eye of Dutch Eredivisie side SC Heerenveen, and it was rumoured that they wanted the striker as a replacement for Brazilian striker Afonso Alves who was set to leave for English side Middlesbrough.
On 9 June 2009, Omotoyoissi signed a three-year contract with French Ligue 2 side FC Metz. He scored twice in 8 starts and 14 as a substitute player as Metz finished fourth in the 2009–10 season, just missing out on promotion to Ligue 1.
On 30 March 2011, Swedish club GAIS confirmed that they had signed Omotoyossi, he was signed on a short-term contract until July.
On 15 September 2011, Omotoyossi signed a three-year contract with Egyptian club Zamalek SC. He made his debut for the team in a league match against El-Entag El-Harby.
Union Sportive SèmèEdit
Omotoyossi has represented Benin at under-20 and full international levels.
On 10 June 2005, he scored in the Group A 1–1 draw with Australia at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands. It was Benin's first-ever goal at a world finals. "I always want to score goals, every time I go out on the pitch." he said at the time. On 7 February 2007, he scored in a 2–1 friendly defeat to Senegal in Rouen, France.
He played in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, scoring one goal in qualification - in the 4–1 home win over Togo on 19 June 2007 as Benin finished second in Group 9 to qualify for the finals in Ghana. Then in the finals, where Benin finished last place in Group B he scored a late consolation goal as Benin lost 4–1 to Ivory Coast on 25 January 2008.
He scored six goals in the second round of qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup as Benin finished top in Group 3. His first two goals came on 8 June 2008 in the 4–1 win over Uganda. Six days later he scored in the 2–0 away win over Niger. On 7 September, his two goals in the 3–2 home win over Angola helped book Benin their place in the Third round. His sixth goal came in the final group game, a 2–1 away defeat to Uganda on 12 October.
In the third and final qualification round, he scored twice as Benin finished second in Group D, just missing out on qualifying for the World Cup finals. He scored Benin's winning goal against Sudan on 5 June 2009, and scored a penalty in their final group game, a 2–1 away win over Sudan on 10 November.
- Scores and results list Benin's goal tally first.
|1.||7 February 2007||Stade Robert Diochon, Rouen||Senegal||Friendly|
|2.||17 June 2007||Stade de l'Amitié, Cotonou||Togo||2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier|
|3.||17 June 2007||Stade de l'Amitié, Cotonou||Togo||2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier|
|4.||21 November 2007||Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra||Ghana||2007 Ghana Four Nations Tournament (Friendly)|
|5.||21 January 2008||Sekondi Stadium, Sekondi-Takoradi||Ivory Coast||2008 Africa Cup of Nations|
|6.||8 June 2008||Stade de l'Amitié, Cotonou||Uganda||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|7.||8 June 2008||Stade de l'Amitié, Cotonou||Uganda||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|8.||14 June 2008||Stade Général Seyni Kountché, Niamey||Niger||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|9.||20 August 2008||Stade Moulay Abdellah, Rabat||Morocco||Friendly|
|10.||7 September 2008||Stade de l'Amitié, Cotonou||Angola||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|11.||7 September 2008||Stade de l'Amitié, Cotonou||Angola||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|12.||12 October 2008||Mandela National Stadium, Kampala||Uganda||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|13.||19 November 2008||Cairo International Stadium, Cairo||Egypt||Friendly|
|14.||7 June 2009||Stade de l'Amitié, Cotonou||Sudan||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|15.||14 November 2009||Al Merreikh Stadium, Omdurman||Sudan||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|16.||12 January 2010||Ombaka National Stadium, Benguela||Mozambique||2010 Africa Cup of Nations|
|17.||9 October 2010||Stade Amahoro, Kigali||Rwanda||2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier|
|18.||2 February 2011||Stade 11 June, Tripoli||Libya||Friendly|
|19.||3 June 2012||Stade de l'Amitié, Cotonou||Mali||2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|20.||10 June 2012||Stade Amahoro, Kigali||Rwanda||2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|21.||16 June 2013||Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako||Mali||2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
- „Benin Republic will shock Eagles in Ghana, says Omotoyossi“ im Guardian Archived 28 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- "Razak gets rolling". FIFA.com. 10 December 2007. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
- "uefa.com - UEFA Champions League - Fixtures & Results". Archived from the original on 18 December 2007. Retrieved 5 March 2007.
- http://www.thetidenews.com/article.aspx?qrDate=14 Nov 2005&qrTitle=Moldovan%20club%20signs%20Chinwo,%20Omotoyossi&qrColumn=SPORTS Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
- Beattie, Chris (1 August 2010). "Razak Omotoyossi: A gamble worth taking for Blackpool boss Holloway". Tribal Football. Archived from the original on 3 August 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- Reeves, Simon (24 February 2008). "Omotoyossi set to move on soon". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- Reeves, Simon (16 July 2008). "Omotoyossi moves to Saudi Arabia". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- "Razak Omotoyossi är klar för GAIS" (in Swedish). gais.se. 30 March 2011. Archived from the original on 2 April 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
- Marteh, Danesius (15 February 2019). "Razak Omotoyossi: Veteran striker returns to play in Benin". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
- "Benin U-20's held". BBC Sport. 10 June 2005. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- "Egypt ease past Sweden". BBC Sport. 7 February 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- "Benin 4:1 Uganda report". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 8 June 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- "Niger 0:2 Benin report". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 14 June 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- "Benin through as Congo climb". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 7 September 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- "Uganda 1:2 Benin report". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. FIFA.com. 12 October 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- "Benin 1:0 Sudan report". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- "Sudan 1:2 Benin report". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- László Földesi. "Razak Omotoyossi - International Goals". RSSSF. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- Razak Omotoyossi at National-Football-Teams.com
- Profile at hif.se at the Wayback Machine (archived 2007-04-28) (in Swedish)
- Razak Omotoyossi – FIFA competition record
- Just-Football.com - Good Player Guide #4: Razak Omotoyossi at the Wayback Machine (archived 2008-05-01)
- Razak Omotoyossi at FootballDatabase.eu