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Tijani Babangida

Tijani Babangida
Personal information
Full name Tijani Babangida
Date of birth (1973-09-25) 25 September 1973
Place of birth Kaduna, Nigeria
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Arewa Textiles
1990–1991 Niger Tornadoes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1996 Roda JC 78 (26)
1991–1993 VVV-Venlo (loan) 34 (19)
1996–2003 Ajax 77 (20)
2000–2001 Gençlerbirliği (loan) 12 (2)
2001–2002 Vitesse (loan) 14 (1)
2002–2003 Al-Ittihad (loan) 5 (0)
2003–2004 Changchun Yatai 29 (8)
Total 249 (76)
National team
1994–2004 Nigeria 36 (5)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Tijani Babangida (born 25 September 1973 in Kaduna) is a retired Nigerian footballer, who played as a winger. Known for his pace, his playing style was sometimes compared to that of Marc Overmars.[1][2] Babangida spent the majority of his playing career at Ajax. Overall, he played in five different countries on three different continents. At club level, Babangida spent nine years in Netherlands, playing for VVV-Venlo, Roda JC and Ajax, winning the Eredivisie plus KNVB Cup double with the latter side.

He played over 30 games for his national side, including four at the 1998 World Cup in France. He participated in two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and won the 1996 Olympics with Nigeria. Babangida made his international debut in 1994. He lost his place in the squad right before the 2002 World Cup. After a two-year lay-off from international football, Babangida was recalled to the Nigeria team for the 2004 African Cup of Nations preparations in Tunisia.

Contents

  • Personal life 1
  • Club career 2
    • Early career 2.1
    • Ajax 2.2
    • Later career 2.3
  • International career 3
  • Career statistics 4
    • National team statistics 4.1
      • International goals 4.1.1
  • Honours 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Personal life

Babangida, sometimes nicknamed "TJ",[3] was born into a large family in the city of Kaduna in 1970. He is married to Rabah, the sister of Daniel Amokachi's wife.[2] Two of his nine brothers, Ibrahim and Haruna are also footballers.[4] The former spent five years at Volendam, while the latter became the youngest ever player in the history of Spanish football to have a buy-out clause in his contract and the second youngest player to appear for FC Barcelona, when he made his debut in 1998 as a fifteen-year-old.[4][5][6] In 1996 Babangida acted in a commercial add for ABN-AMRO in which he points out his hesitations about a contract of some sort. In 2004, Babangida signed a $2 million contract to bring new footballs to Nigeria.[7] The same year, he opened a shopping mall in Kaduna.[7] Upon retiring from professional football, Babangida has also been working as a football agent.[7]

Club career

Early career

In 1991, Babangida, at the age of seventeen, left local club Niger Tornadoes to sign with Dutch Eredivisie side Roda JC, after performing well at the 1991 All-Africa Games.[8] He was loaned out to Roda's league rivals VVV-Venlo until the end of the season.[9] Babangida made a total of six league appearances, scoring three times in the 1991–92 season.[10] Despite Venlo's relegation to Eerste Divisie,[11] Babangida remained at the club for another year.

Babangida received his breakthrough in the 1992–93 season as he scored 16 goals, helping Venlo to achieve promotion to Eredivisie.[10][12] The following season, Babangida returned to Roda, immediately becoming a first-team regular with the Kerkrade side. Babangida made a total of 29 league appearances for Roda that season, scoring 11 goals.[10]

Babangida spent two more seasons at Roda JC. Babangida's 10 league goals in 1995–96, made him the club's top scorer that season.[13] In 1995, Babangida made his European debut, scoring a goal in the

  • Tijani Babangida – FIFA competition record

External links

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Tijjani Babangida". NigerianPlayers. Archived from the original on 14 March 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Babangida rules out Ajax return". BBC Sport. 2 April 2002. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Haruna Babangida". NigerianPlayers. Archived from the original on 11 December 2006. Retrieved 12 October 2008. 
  5. ^ "Two debuts to remember". FC Barcelona official website. Retrieved 12 October 2008. 
  6. ^ "Ibrahim Babangida". Voetbal international. Retrieved 12 October 2008. 
  7. ^ a b c "Babangida Seals $2m Deal". KickOffNigeria. Archived from the original on 26 January 2005. Retrieved 12 October 2008. 
  8. ^ "Tijani Babangida". Eagles Profile. Archived from the original on 10 June 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 
  9. ^ "Tijani Babangida". 123Football. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Tijani Babangida". National Football Teams. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 
  11. ^ "Netherlands 1991/92". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 
  12. ^ "Netherlands 1992/93". RSSSF. Retrieved 22 February 2008. 
  13. ^ "Roda JC 1995/96". Voetbal International. Retrieved 9 November 2008. 
  14. ^ "Football: Fenerbahce stay alive with a late strike". London: The Independent. 21 November 1996. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  15. ^ "Babangida Thrills Ajax". London: The Independent. 20 March 1997. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  16. ^ "Eredivisie history". Eredivisie. Retrieved 6 September 2008. 
  17. ^ "Nigerian and Ajax striker Babangida has malaria". World Soccer News. 24 July 1998. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  18. ^ "UEFA Champions League 1998–99". RSSSF. Retrieved 9 November 2008. 
  19. ^ a b c "Babangida optimistic". BBC Sport. 12 November 2001. Retrieved 1 December 2007. 
  20. ^ "Vitesse Arnhem 2001–02 fixtures". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 2 February 2008. 
  21. ^ "Tijani Babandgida". Vitesseplanet. Archived from the original on 3 July 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2007. 
  22. ^ "Mido's tip sends Tijjani Babangida to Saudis Al-Ittihad". MiddleEastFootball. Archived from the original on 12 October 2002. Retrieved 11 October 2008. 
  23. ^ "Babangida wants permission to leave Al-Ittihad". MiddleEastFootball. Archived from the original on 27 November 2002. Retrieved 11 October 2008. 
  24. ^ Lyttleton, Ben (2 February 2003). "Camara hammers the boss". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 October 2008. 
  25. ^ "Babangida Returns to Ajax". AllAfrica.com. 5 February 2003. Retrieved 26 November 2011.  ()
  26. ^ "Ajax en Babangida definitief uit elkaar" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 29 April 2003. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  27. ^ "Chinese First Division Side Likely to Land Babangida". People's Daily. Archived from the original on 25 November 2003. Retrieved 11 October 2008. 
  28. ^ "Babangida close to China deal". KickOffNigeria. Archived from the original on 6 May 2006. Retrieved 11 October 2008. 
  29. ^ "China 2003". RSSSF. Retrieved 11 October 2008. 
  30. ^ "China 2004". RSSSF. Retrieved 11 October 2008. 
  31. ^ Babalola, Taofeek (30 May 2008). "Holland no threat to Dream Team IV —Babangida". The Nation. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  32. ^ "Nigeria defeats Argentina for gold". USA Today. Retrieved 9 October 2008. 
  33. ^ "Nigeria – Brazil". FIFA. Retrieved 9 October 2008. 
  34. ^ "Nigeria – Argentina". FIFA. Retrieved 9 October 2008. 
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  37. ^ "History of African Nations cup since 1957". Egypt State Information Service. Archived from the original on 18 November 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2008. 
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References

Turkish Cup: 2001

KNVB Cup: 1998, 1999

Eredivisie: 1998

Olympic Games: 1996

Honours

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 June 1998 Stade de France, Saint-Denis  Denmark 1–4 1–4 1998 World Cup
2. 10 February 2000 National Stadium, Lagos  South Africa 1–0 2–0 2000 African Cup of Nations
3. 2–0
4. 29 July 2001 Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt  Ghana 2–0 3–0 2002 World Cup qualifier
5. 3–0
Scores and results list Nigeria's goal tally first.

International goals

Nigeria national team
Year Apps Goals
1994 2 0
1995 0 0
1996 0 0
1997 2 0
1998 7 1
1999 3 0
2000 10 2
2001 7 2
2002 5 0
Total 36 5
[10]

National team statistics

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Netherlands League
1991–92 VVV-Venlo Eredivisie 6 3
1992–93 Eerste Divisie 28 16
1993–94 Roda Eredivisie 29 11
1994–95 20 5
1995–96 29 10
1996–97 Ajax Eredivisie 25 4
1997–98 26 13
1998–99 18 2
1999–2000 8 1
Turkey League
2000–01 Gençlerbirliği Turkish First Football League 12 2
Netherlands League
2001–02 Vitesse Eredivisie 14 1
Saudi Arabia League
2002–03 Al-Ittihad Premier League 5 0
China PR League
2003 Changchun Yatai Jia-B League 9 4
2004 League One 20 4
Country Netherlands 203 66
Turkey 12 2
Saudi Arabia 5 0
China PR 29 8
Total 249 76
[10]

Career statistics

[43] in 2004, but did not make the final squad, making the 2002 Cup of Nations his last major international tournament.Faro, Portugal He was recalled to the national team for the pre-Nations Cup training camp in [42] He then featured in Nigeria's run to the

Babangida only made his African Nations Cup debut in 2000 as Nigeria withdrew from the 1996 edition in South Africa due to political reasons and missed out on 1998 African Cup of Nations through disqualification.[37][38] Babangida scored two spectacular goals against South Africa to put Nigeria through to the final against Cameroon, where they drew 2–2, before being narrowly defeated 3–4 on penalties.[39][40] He appeared in all of his team's five games, starting two.[38]

[36].South Korea and Japan (known as the Nissan Stadium nowadays), playing for FIFA XI in a game against the unified team of Yokohama International Stadium at the exhibition game In January 2001, Babangida appeared in an [35].Denmark campaign, playing a total of 120 minutes as he started one game and came on as a sub in the other three. He scored his team's only goal in the second-round defeat to 1998 World Cup Babangida took part in Nigeria's [34][33][32] among others.Diego Simeone and Ariel Ortega, Claudio López, Hernan Crespo, Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Bebeto, Roberto Carlos, Dida, packed with the likes of Argentina and Brazil as Nigeria overcame tough resistance from [31] in 1996,Atlanta triumph in Olympic He played an important role in his team's [2] Babangida's international chances were partly limited due to the fact that he often found himself behind

Babangida received his first call-up to the senior 1994 World Cup.[2]

International career

As a free agent, Babangida underwent a successful trial at Chinese side Tianjin Teda in the summer of 2003.[27] The move, however, was put off due to the outbreak of SARS in China,[28] and Babangida signed with the second-tier side Changchun Yatai shortly after.[19] His four goals in the second part of the season helped his team to the Jia B title and earned him a recall to the national team for their preparations for the 2004 African Cup of Nations.[29] Babangida scored four more goals for Yatai the following season before retiring in 2004.[30]

He then signed a six-month loan deal with Al-Ittihad of Saudi Arabia in 2002, joining Bebeto and Titi Camara, but walked out of the team in November after disagreements with José Oscar Bernardi.[22][23][24] Looking to resolve the deadlock with Ajax, Babangida returned to Amsterdam to continue negotiating a termination of his contract with the club.[25] On 30 April 2003, three years since Babangida played his last game for the club, it was announced that both sides had come to an agreement and the player's contract was finally terminated.[26]

The spell in Turkey, however, proved to be an unhappy time for Babangida and the Ankara side chose no to pursue their interest in the player once the loan deal expired.[3] Looking for a move away from Netherlands, Babangida came close to signing with AJ Auxerre, but received a last-minute call from Ronald Koeman and agreed to join him at Vitesse instead.[19] Another loan move followed. First team player under Koeman, Babangida subsequently lost his place in the starting line-up,[20] when Ronald Koeman left for Ajax and was replaced by Edward Sturing.[21]

Later career

Babangida saw even less playing time after the 1999 season, as he made a mere eight appearances the following year and didn't play a single game in the first half of the 2000–01 season.[10] In an attempt to offload the player, Ajax came to an agreement with the Turkish Süper Lig side Gençlerbirliği, who signed Babangida on a half-year loan deal until the end of the season.[19]

Babangida's fortunes started to change towards the end of 1998. Having missed the start of the season with malaria,[17] Babangida gradually lost his starting line-up position as Morten Olsen was looking to improve on the team's inconsistent performances both in the domestic league and in Europe. Babangida started two of his team's opening Champions League games.[2] The European season, however, ended in disappointment as Ajax finished bottom of their group behind Olympiacos, Dinamo Zagreb and Porto.[18] Overall, Babangida appeared in 18 league games for Ajax that season, starting only seven.[2] He didn't feature in the Dutch Cup final where Ajax managed to retain the trophy after beating Fortuna Sittard in the final.[2]

Babangida had a successful second season with the club as he helped Ajax to another Eredivisie title with a 39 point gap over PSV Eindhoven, while his 13 league goals in 26 games made him the club's third top scorer, behind Shota Arveladze and Jari Litmanen.[16] Ajax clinched the second title of the season with a 5–0 victory over PSV in the KNVB Cup final, with the Nigerian scoring the first goal.[2]

Babangida joined Ajax in the summer of 1996 in a long-anticipated €5 million move.[2] He appeared in 29 league games, scoring four goals in his first season with Ajax.[10] Babangida played an important role in Ajax's European campaign, scoring three goals, including one against Auxerre in the group stages,[14] and the winning goal in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League encounter with Atlético Madrid at the Vicente Calderón Stadium, that put Ajax through to the semi-finals of the competition.[15]

Ajax

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