Nigerian players in DFB Pokal – Goals, assists, appearances

Nigerian players in DFB Pokal – Goals, assists, appearances
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Nigerian players have made significant contributions to the DFB-Pokal, Germany’s prestigious national cup competition.

From memorable goals to crucial assists and standout performances, these players have left an indelible mark on the tournament.

This article delves into the achievements of Nigerian players in the DFB-Pokal, highlighting their goals, assists, and appearances.

By examining the impact of these talented athletes, we celebrate their contributions to one of Europe’s most exciting cup competitions and acknowledge their role in promoting Nigerian football on the international stage.

Nigerian players in DFB Pokal: Top Goal scorers

Nigerian players: Jonathan Akpoborie
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Jonathan Akpoborie stands out as the top Nigerian scorer in the DFB-Pokal with 11 goals across seven different clubs.

He played as a forward and spent the majority of his playing career in Germany. Akpoborie started his professional career at Julius Berger, before moving to the USA.

In 1990, he joined 1. FC Saarbrücken of the German 2. Bundesliga.

Akpoborie also had spells with FC Carl Zeiss Jena, Stuttgart Kickers—where he scored 37 goals in one season—and Waldhof Mannheim, before finally joining top-flight FC Hansa Rostock in 1995.

After spending two years at Hansa, the player moved to their Bundesliga rivals VfB Stuttgart and then VfL Wolfsburg in 1999.

Akpoborie finished his playing career at Saarbrücken in 2002.

# Player Club Goals
1 Jonathan Akpoborie 7 Clubs 11
2 Anthony Ujah 5 Clubs 7
3 Osayamen Osawe 3 Clubs 4
4 Manasseh Ishiaku 2 Clubs 4
5 Victor Boniface Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2

Jonathan Akpoborie stands out as the top Nigerian scorer in the DFB-Pokal with 11 goals across seven different clubs.

Following him is Anthony Ujah, who has netted 7 goals while playing for five clubs.

Osayamen Osawe and Manasseh Ishiaku have each scored 4 goals, with Osawe achieving this feat across three clubs and Ishiaku across two.

Completing the list is Victor Boniface along with other Nigerian players who also scored 2 goals in the Pokal.

Nigerian players in DFB Pokal: Most assists

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Anthony Ujah, Victor Agali, and Taiwo Awoniyi lead Nigerian players in the DFB-Pokal with three assists each.

Ujah, a centre-forward, achieved this across five clubs, while Agali and Awoniyi, both also centre-forwards, did so with two and three clubs respectively.

Pascal Ojigwe, who played as a defensive midfielder for five clubs, and Chinedu Obasi, a centre-forward who represented two clubs, each contributed two assists in the competition.

# Player Position Club Assists
1 Anthony Ujah Centre-Forward 5 Clubs 3
2 Victor Agali Centre-Forward 2 Clubs 3
3 Taiwo Awoniyi Centre-Forward 3 Clubs 3
4 Pascal Ojigwe Defensive Midfield 5 Clubs 2
5 Chinedu Obasi Centre-Forward 2 Clubs 2

Nigerian players in DFB Pokal: Most appearances

Jonathan Akpoborie leads the list of Nigerian players with the most appearances in the DFB-Pokal, having played 26 times across seven different clubs.

He is followed closely by Anthony Ujah, who has made 24 appearances for five clubs.

Darlington Omodiagbe also features prominently, with 23 appearances for seven clubs.

Seyi Olajengbesi, with 16 appearances for three clubs, and Pascal Ojigwe, with 15 appearances for five clubs, further illustrate the Nigerian presence in the competition.

Kevin Akpoguma has made 13 appearances for three clubs, while Chinedu Obasi has played 12 times for two clubs.

Chibuike Okeke has 11 appearances for Union Berlin, and both Victor Agali and Kingsley Onuegbu have made 10 appearances each, for two and four clubs respectively.

# Player Club Appearances
1 Jonathan Akpoborie 7 Clubs 26
2 Anthony Ujah 5 Clubs 24
3 Darlington Omodiagbe 7 Clubs 23
4 Seyi Olajengbesi 3 Clubs 16
5 Pascal Ojigwe 5 Clubs 15
6 Kevin Akpoguma 3 Clubs 13
7 Chinedu Obasi 2 Clubs 12
8 Chibuike Okeke Union Berlin 11
9 Victor Agali 2 Clubs 10
10 Kingsley Onuegbu 4 Clubs 10

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 weeks ago

Rababe Koussaimi, a 22-year-old journalist, is deeply passionate about the world of sports. She grew up in a footballing environment, supporting both Bayern Munich and Wydad Athletic Club. She began her English journalism career by hosting a podcast for the first English radio station in Morocco. Currently, the Moroccan journalist channels her enthusiasm into writing and conducting extensive research, creating insightful and engaging content for GoalBall Live readers.