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Stephen Makinwa

Stephen Makinwa
Personal information
Full name Stephen Ayodele Makinwa
Date of birth (1983-07-26) 26 July 1983
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Reggiana 0 (0)
2000–2001 Conegliano (loan) 8 (2)
2001–2002 Como 0 (0)
2002–2003 Reggiana 29 (6)
2003–2005 Genoa 18 (6)
2003–2004 Como (loan) 21 (6)
2004 Modena (loan) 17 (1)
2005 Atalanta 17 (6)
2005–2006 Palermo 23 (5)
2006–2012 Lazio 45 (3)
2008 Reggina (loan) 9 (0)
2009 Chievo (loan) 9 (1)
2010–2011 Larissa (loan) 10 (1)
2012–2013 Carrarese 13 (6)
2013–2014 Beijing Baxy 11 (4)
2014 Gorica 5 (1)
National team
2004–2008 Nigeria 18 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 August 2014.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 July 2013

Stephen Ayodele Makinwa (born 26 July 1983 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a retired Nigerian footballer who played as a Striker . Makinwa also played for the Nigerian national team. His name, Ayodele, means "Joy has come home".[1]


  • Career 1
    • Early career 1.1
    • Genoa and loans 1.2
    • Atalanta & Palermo 1.3
    • Lazio 1.4
    • AE Larisa 1.5
    • Beijing Baxy 1.6
    • Gorica 1.7
    • International career 1.8
  • Club statistics 2
  • National team statistics 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Early career

Discovered in 2000 by Reggiana while playing for Nigerian local side Ebedei alongside his childhood friend and teammate Obafemi Martins, Makinwa started his Italian football experience moving on loan to Serie D team Conegliano.

In 2001 he moved to Serie B team Como squad, as Como bought 50% of the rights to the player, however, Makinwa did not play any games for the team.

In 2002 he was back to Reggiana, in Serie C1, but the following season he was again in Como, but now as a regular.

Genoa and loans

Como bought the remainder of the 50% ownership rights from Reggiana in June and sold him to Genoa in August 2003. In the first half of the season, he was remained on loan at Como. In January 2004 Makinwa was loaned to Modena and made his debut in Serie A,[2] In 2004–05 season, he returned to Genoa, scored 6 goals in first half of the Serie B season. That season, Genoa also owned effective strikers Diego Milito and Roberto Stellone.

Atalanta & Palermo

In January 2005 sold to Atalanta in joint-ownership bid, but Atalanta relegated in June 2005, in although the club decided to buy the remain rights on 27 June.

In July 2005, Makinwa joined Palermo in a reported €7.5M.[3] Makinwa only remained at Palermo for a season, however he showed enough promise to suggest that he could develop into a quality Serie A player, scoring 5 goals in 23 league matches as Palermo qualified for Europe and 3 goals in the Uefa cup.


He then went to S.S. Lazio in summer 2006, on a co-ownership deal for €3.3million, being reunited with Delio Rossi, his former coach at Atalanta. In June 2007, he was fully contracted by Lazio, following a blind auction between the biancocelesti and Palermo, for another €3.3million. He also signed a new 5-year contract.

In 2007–08, Makinwa got his first experience of the UEFA Champions League, failing to score as Lazio crashed out in the group stages. Following six months of unconvincing performances, Lazio sent him on loan to relegation battlers Reggina,[4] but he still did not find the net, ending the season without a goal to his name.

He began the 2008–09 season as a fringe player at Lazio; making just four substitute appearances.

On 22 January 2009, it was announced that Makinwa had signed for Chievo until the end of the 2008–09 season,[5] for €250K. The deal was a loan, with an option of making the move permanent, although Chievo decided not to sign the Nigerian and he returned to Lazio for the 2009–10

AE Larisa

On 15 July 2010 he joined Larissa on loan from Lazio until the end of the season. [6]

Beijing Baxy

Following the end of his contract with Lazio, Makinwa joined China League One side Beijing Baxy until the end of the 2014 season scoring 4 goals in his first 9 games. [7]


In July 2014 he was signed by Slovenian side ND Gorica.[8]

International career

Makinwa plays for the Nigerian national team, having won 14 caps since making his debut in 2004.

Makinwa played for Nigeria in the 2006 African Cup of Nations when they finished third. Two years on, he played in the side which again failed to win, losing at the 2008 African Cup of Nations to Ghana.

Both Makinwa and his national team mate Obafemi Martins, are known for celebrating goals by making several consecutive somersaults.

Club statistics

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Italy League
2000/01 Conegliano 8 2
2001/02 Como Serie B 0 0
2002/03 Reggiana Serie C1 28 6
2003/04 Como Serie B 21 6
2003/04 Modena Serie A 16 1
2004/05 Genoa Serie B 18 6
2004/05 Atalanta Serie A 17 6
2005/06 Città di Palermo Serie A 23 5
2006/07 Lazio Serie A 25 3
2007/08 14 0
2007/08 Reggina Serie A 9 0
2008/09 Lazio Serie A 4 0
2008/09 ChievoVerona Serie A 9 1
2009/10 Lazio Serie A 2 0
Greece League
2010/11 Larissa Super League 10 1
Country Italy 194 35
Greece 10 1
Total 204 36

National team statistics

Nigeria national team
Year Apps Goals
2004 1 1
2005 4 0
2006 3 0
2007 5 1
2008 3 0
Total 16 2


  1. ^ Meaning of Ayodele in
  2. ^ "Acquistato Stephen Ayodele Makinwa". Modena FC (in Italian). 2004-01-13. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  3. ^ Nadia Carminati (2005-07-13). "Rosaneri sign Makinwa". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  4. ^ Carla Hilton (2008-01-31). "Makinwa pens Reggina deal". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  5. ^ "STEPHEN MAKINWA AL CHIEVOVERONA". AC ChievoVerona (in Italian). 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  6. ^
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  9. ^ Stephen Makinwa at

External links

  • Stephen Makinwa – FIFA competition record
  • Stephen Makinwa at
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