Peter Ijeh

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Peter Ijeh
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Peter Ijeh
Personal information
Date of birth (1977-03-28) 28 March 1977 (age 43)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 NiTel United Lagos
2000–2001 Julius Berger FC
2001–2003 Malmö 60 (38)
2004–2005 IFK Göteborg 36 (14)
2005–2006 Copenhagen 16 (4)
2006–2009 Viking 78 (39)
2010–2011 Syrianska 46 (22)
2012 GAIS 18 (2)
National team
2002 Nigeria 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Peter Ijeh (born 28 March 1977) is a Nigerian former professional footballer who played as a forward.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After playing for clubs like NiTel United Lagos and won the highest goal scorer award with Julius Berger FC in the Nigerian Premier League,[citation needed] he joined Swedish club Malmö FF in 2001. He was the top scorer in Allsvenskan in 2002 with 24 goals. In 2003, he suffered a leg injury that kept him out of most of the season, but he still managed to come back strongly and finished with 10 goals.

In late 2003, he transferred to IFK Göteborg on a free transfer in a highly controversial affair[citation needed] as the club's big name signing for its 100th anniversary and Göteborg finished third.

In 2005 Ijeh moved to Danish club FC Copenhagen and won the league title in 2005–06 season.

Viking[edit]

On 19 June 2006, Ijeh moved to Viking FK in Norway on a 3 million Danish krone deal. He became an instant success, scoring 11 goals in 15 games to save the team from relegation. In the last game of the 2006 season Ijeh scored 4 goals and pressured an opposition defender to concede an own goal as Viking surprisingly demolished local rivals and second-placed S.K. Brann 5–0 to climb two places in the table and thus escape relegation on goal difference.

In early January 2007, several sources within Norwegian football claimed that Ijeh would soon be looking for another club, with English Championship side Coventry City courting the Nigerian striker, who was thought to be keen to test his skills in the more physical English game. Coventry City manager Micky Adams was thought to have watched the player on a recent scouting trip to Norway.[citation needed]

Oslo-based club Lyn Fotball reportedly made a NOK 12 million bid for Ijeh's services, though this was rejected from Viking.[citation needed] Ijeh left Viking at the end of the 2009 season to sign for Syrianska FC in the Swedish second division.

Syrianska FC[edit]

On 23 October Ijeh scored two goals in the game that took Syrianska to Allsvenskan for the first time ever. He finished the season with 17 goals. He also scored Syrianska FC's first Allsvenskan goal, after a mistake by the Gefle IF defence allowed him to roll the ball into an empty net.

GAIS[edit]

After two seasons in Syrianska, Ijeh left the club for Allsvenskan rivals GAIS where he took over the number nine shirt.

Post-playing career[edit]

Ijeh studied at Gothenburg University and the Swedish Football Federation (SvFF) and acquired a UEFA advanced licensed certificate. He is also a technical and tactical soccer coach.[citation needed]

Ijeh took over Assyriska BK in November 2013 as a head coach.

On 10 November 2020, it was announced that Ijeh would take over as head coach for Division 2 club Vårgårda IK in Västergötland, Sweden. [1]

Personal life[edit]

Ijeh is a member of the Norwegian Christian sports organization Kristen Idrettskontakt (KRIK).[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season Division League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Malmö FF 2001 Allsvenskan 20 4 0 0 20 4
2002 23 24 0 0 23 24
2003 17 10 0 0 17 10
IFK Göteborg 2004 Allsvenskan 24 11 0 0 24 11
2005 12 3 0 0 12 3
F.C. Copenhagen 2005–06 Superliga 16 4 0 0 16 4
Viking 2006 Tippeligaen 15 11 3 5 18 16
2007 23 18 2 0 25 18
2008 14 1 1 1 15 2
2009 26 9 3 5 29 14
Syrianska FC 2010 Superettan 27 17 0 0 27 17
2011 Allsvenskan 19 5 0 0 19 5
GAIS 2012 Allsvenskan 18 2 0 0 18 2
Career total 254 119 9 11 263 130

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://sverigesradio.se/artikel/7596500
  2. ^ "Aftenposten.no – Disse er sterke i troen".

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