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Full name Obinna Nwaneri
Date of birth March 18, 1982 (1982-03-18) (age 27)
Place of birth    Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Sion
Number 3
Youth career
Julius Berger
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Julius Berger
FC Sion
06 (1)
? (?)
43 (3)
72 (2)   
National team2
2005- Nigeria 29 (1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 13 May 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of February 15, 2006.
* Appearances (Goals)

Obinna Nwaneri (born March 18, 1982 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a football defender from Nigeria. His name, Obinna, means "Father´s heart" in Igbo.[1] He is described as mobile central defender with pace, control and timing. His star has steadily continued to rise, first with top Nigerian side, Julius Berger, then with African Champions Enyimba, and now with the Super Eagles. He signed with Swiss club FC Sion during the 2007 January transfer window.

Career breakdown

  • 2000: Broke into a talented Julius Berger side that had an amazing turnaround season, going from barely escaping relegation the season before, to annexing the Nigerian Pepsi League crown.
  • 2001: Had a standout season with the 'Bridge Boys', proving to be one of the League's best defenders. Berger, unfortunately, failed to retain their League title and were knocked out of the African Champions Cup.
  • 2002: Won the Nigerian Cup with Julius Berger, after defeating Yobe Stars 3-0 in the final.
  • 2003: Moved to League Champions Enyimba, forming a dream partnership at the back with Romanus Orjinta. Had a standout season in an historic season for Enyimba, as they won the Nigerian League for the 3rd year running and became the first Nigerian club to win the continents' most prized club trophy - The African Champions Cup.
  • 2004: Captained Enyimba as they successfully defended their African Champions League crown, by defeating Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia with a 5-3 penalty victory. Scored the vital fifth penalty that secured the win. However, this time around, Enyimba would not win Nigerian League. Agreed personal terms with South African side Orlando Pirates in July, but the deal fell through as the clubs couldn't agree on a fee.
  • 2004-05: Moved to Tunisian powerhouse Espérance, in early 2005, where he has had an outstanding season.


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