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Victor Ikpeba

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Victor Ikpeba
Personal information
Full name Victor Ikpeba Nosa
Date of birth (1973-06-12) 12 June 1973 (age 50)
Place of birth Benin City, Nigeria
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989 ACB Lagos 45 (29)
1989–1993 RFC Liège 79 (27)
1993–1999 Monaco 170 (55)
1999–2002 Borussia Dortmund 30 (3)
2001–2002Real Betis (loan) 3 (0)
2002–2004 Al Ittihad 26 (13)
2004–2005 Charleroi 15 (5)
2005 Al-Sadd 14 (6)
Total 382 (138)
National team
1996 Nigeria U23 6 (1)
1992–2002 Nigeria 31 (7)
Representing  Nigeria
Men's Football
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta Team Competition
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Victor Ikpeba Nosa (born 12 June 1973) is a Nigerian former professional footballer who played as a forward for both club and country. Ikpeba played 31 international matches and scored seven goals for Nigeria. He was a member of Super Eagles team to the FIFA World Cups in 1994 but played and scored the lone goal against Bulgaria in the second game of the team at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Ikpeba helped win the 1994 African Nations Cup and the Olympic football gold medal in 1996.[source?] In spite of his small physique, Ikpeba was a fast, versatile, and opportunistic forward, who was capable of playing as a striker, as a second striker, or on either wing, and was known for his ability to score from any position on the pitch.[1] Regarded as one of the best Nigerian forwards of all time.

Club career[change | change source]

He began his professional career at the Nigerian club ABC Lagos. In 1989, he performed well at the World Youth Championship and was bought by the Belgian Liege together with Sunday Oliseh. Having quickly become one of the leaders in the Belgian club, Ikpeba soon moved to the French Monaco, where he spent the best years of his career. In 1997, for his successes with Monaco, he was recognized as the best football player in Africa. In 1999, Ikpeba moved to Borussia Dortmund, but his career there did not work out and soon after a conflict with head coach Matthias Sammer, he moved on loan to the Spanish Real Betis. Having failed to gain a foothold in the Spanish club, Ikpeba changed several more not very strong clubs, but was never able to return to the previous level. Victor Ikpeba ended his career in 2005.

International career[change | change source]

Ikpeba made his international debut in 1992. He played a total of 30 international matches for the Nigerian national football team and, among other things, took part in the 1994 World Cup in the USA. At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta he won the gold medal with the Nigerian selection. He also took part in the African Championships four times, where he won gold in 1994. In 2000 he was on the verge of repeating this triumph. But in the penalty shootout in the final, his penalty was disallowed even though it was clearly behind the line. Nwankwo Kanu also missed his penalty against Cameroon.

Honours[change | change source]

RFC Liège





References[change | change source]

  1. "Le stelle di Francia 98: da Pep Guardiola a Jugovic" (in Italian). SoloCalcio.com. Archived from the original on 29 March 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2017.

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