Ayegbeni Yakubu

Date of birth22 November 1982
Place of birthBenin City
NationalityNigerian
Weight83 kg
Height1.84 m
PositionForward

A pacy striker with a powerful shot, Yakubu has enjoyed a varied career since his early days in Nigeria with Okomo Oil and then Julius Berger.

He moved to Israel in 1999 with Hapoel Kfar Saba (on loan) and Maccabi Haifa but also had a spell in Portugal with Gil Vicente.

He won his first full cap when he came on as a substitute in the World Cup qualifying tie against Eritrea in April 2000 and featured on several occasions towards the end of the Super Eagles' campaign, scoring twice in the 4-0 victory over Sudan.

He was also a member of the squad for the Sydney Olympics where he netted a memorable goal in the 3-3 draw with Honduras.

His contract at Portsmouth was extended to June 2007 in August 2004 but he joined Middlesbrough in July 2005.

He joined Everton in August 2007 with a five-year contract.

Yakubu joined Reading in February 2015 with a contract to June 2015.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Julius Berger 01 Jul 1998 01 Jul 1999
Gil Vicente 01 Jul 1999 01 Jan 2000
Hapoel Kfar Saba 01 Jan 2000 01 Jul 2000
Maccabi Haifa 01 Jul 2000 30 Apr 2003
Portsmouth 06 Jan 2003 29 Apr 2003 L
Portsmouth 30 Apr 2003 01 Jul 2005
Middlesbrough 13 Jul 2005 29 Aug 2007
Everton 29 Aug 2007 31 Aug 2011
Leicester City 13 Jan 2011 31 May 2011 L
Blackburn Rovers 31 Aug 2011 30 Jun 2012
Guangzhou R and F 01 Jul 2012 24 Jan 2014
Al Rayyan Sports Club 24 Jan 2014 31 May 2014
Reading 02 Feb 2015 30 Jun 2015
Kayserispor 31 Aug 2015 30 Jun 2016
Boreham Wood 08 Jul 2016

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
2001-02 Maccabi Haifa UEFA Champions League 1
1
2002-03 Maccabi Haifa UEFA Champions League 3
1
2002-03 Portsmouth League Division 1 12
2
7
2003-04 Portsmouth FA Cup 4
1
2
2003-04 Portsmouth League Cup 1
1
2
2003-04 Portsmouth Premier League 35
2
16
2
2004-05 Portsmouth FA Cup 2
2
2004-05 Portsmouth League Cup 1
2
2
2004-05 Portsmouth Premier League 29
1
12
2
2005-06 Middlesbrough FA Cup 7
4
1
2005-06 Middlesbrough League Cup 1
1
2005-06 Middlesbrough Premier League 29
5
13
2005-06 Middlesbrough UEFA Cup 5
9
2
2006-07 Middlesbrough FA Cup 8
4
2006-07 Middlesbrough Premier League 36
1
12
2
2007-08 Everton FA Cup
1
2007-08 Everton League Cup 3
3
2007-08 Everton Premier League 26
3
15
2
2007-08 Everton UEFA Cup 7
3
2
2007-08 Middlesbrough Premier League 2
2008-09 Everton League Cup
1
2008-09 Everton Premier League 14
4
2
2008-09 Everton UEFA Cup 2
1
2009-10 Everton League Cup 2
1
2009-10 Everton Premier League 9
16
5
1
2009-10 Everton UEFA Europa League 4
5
1
2010-11 Everton League Cup 1
2010-11 Everton Premier League 7
7
1
2010-11 Leicester City League Championship 19
1
11
4
2011-12 Blackburn Rovers League Cup 1
2
1
2011-12 Blackburn Rovers Premier League 29
1
17
1
1
2014-15 Reading FA Cup
4
1
2014-15 Reading League Championship 3
4


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
25 Jul 2001 FC Haka v Maccabi Haifa D 0-0 Champions League 2nd qualifying round 1st leg
01 Aug 2001 Maccabi Haifa v FC Haka D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
Champions League 2nd qualifying round 2nd leg
01 Oct 2002 Maccabi Haifa v Bayer Leverkusen D 0-0 Champions League Group F
23 Oct 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v Maccabi Haifa D 0-0 Champions League Group F
29 Oct 2002 Maccabi Haifa v Manchester United W 3-0 Champions League Group F


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1998-99 Nigeria Olympics 2
1
1999-00 Nigeria FIFA World Cup
1
1999-00 Nigeria Olympics 2
1
1
2000-01 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 1
1
2000-01 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 1
2000-01 Nigeria Olympics 3
1
2
2001-02 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 2
2
1
2001-02 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 1
1
2
2001-02 Nigeria International Friendly 1
2002-03 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 3
2
2002-03 Nigeria International Friendly 1
2002-03 Nigeria LG Cup 2
3
2003-04 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 1
2004-05 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 4
1
2
2005-06 Nigeria FIFA World Cup
1
2006-07 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 3
1
3
2006-07 Nigeria International Friendly 1
1
1
2007-08 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 4
2
2007-08 Nigeria International Friendly 1
2009-10 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 1
2009-10 Nigeria International Friendly 2
1
2011-12 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
13 Jun 1999 Nigeria v Namibia W 4-0 Olympics Africa 1st round
20 Jun 1999 Namibia v Nigeria L 3-2 Olympics Africa 1st round
19 Feb 2000 Uganda v Nigeria W 2-3 Olympics Africa group A
26 Feb 2000 Nigeria v Uganda W 1-0 Olympics Africa group A
25 Mar 2000 Nigeria v Zimbabwe W 4-0 Olympics Africa group A
22 Apr 2000 Nigeria v Eritrea W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 1st round
13 Sep 2000 Nigeria v Honduras D 3-3 Olympics Finals Group A
16 Sep 2000 Australia v Nigeria W 2-3 Olympics Finals Group A
23 Sep 2000 Chile v Nigeria L 4-1 Olympics Quarter-final
21 Apr 2001 Sierra Leone v Nigeria L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
16 Jun 2001 Namibia v Nigeria W 0-2 Africa Cup of Nations Group 1
01 Jul 2001 Sudan v Nigeria W 0-4 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
28 Jul 2001 Nigeria v Ghana W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
21 Jan 2002 Algeria v Nigeria W 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group A
28 Jan 2002 Liberia v Nigeria W 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group A
03 Feb 2002 Nigeria v Ghana W 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals quarter-final
09 Feb 2002 Mali v Nigeria W 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals 3rd place
18 May 2002 Nigeria v Jamaica W 1-0 International Friendly
08 Sep 2002 Angola v Nigeria D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group 1
29 Mar 2003 Malawi v Nigeria W 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Group 1
30 May 2003 Nigeria v Ghana W 3-1 LG CUP Semi-final
01 Jun 2003 Nigeria v Cameroon W 3-0 LG Cup Final
07 Jun 2003 Nigeria v Malawi W 4-1 Africa Cup of Nations Group 1
11 Jun 2003 Nigeria v Brazil L 0-3 International Friendly
27 Jan 2004 Nigeria v Morocco L 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group D
03 Jul 2004 Nigeria v Algeria W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group 4
05 Sep 2004 Zimbabwe v Nigeria W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Africa group 4
09 Oct 2004 Gabon v Nigeria D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Africa group 4
26 Mar 2005 Nigeria v Gabon W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group 4
18 Jun 2005 Nigeria v Angola D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Africa group 4
04 Sep 2005 Algeria v Nigeria W 2-5 FIFA World Cup Africa group 4
02 Sep 2006 Nigeria v Niger W 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group 3
08 Oct 2006 Lesotho v Nigeria W 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Group 3
06 Feb 2007 Ghana v Nigeria L 4-1 International Friendly
26 May 2007 Kenya v Nigeria W 0-1 International Friendly
02 Jun 2007 Uganda v Nigeria L 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations Group 3
16 Jun 2007 Niger v Nigeria W 1-3 Africa Cup of Nations Group 3
21 Jan 2008 Ivory Coast v Nigeria L 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group B
25 Jan 2008 Nigeria v Mali D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group B
29 Jan 2008 Nigeria v Benin W 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group B
03 Feb 2008 Ghana v Nigeria L 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals quarter-final
27 May 2008 Austria v Nigeria D 1-1 International Friendly
30 May 2010 Colombia v Nigeria D 1-1 International Friendly
06 Jun 2010 Korea DPR v Nigeria W 1-3 International Friendly
12 Jun 2010 Argentina v Nigeria L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
29 Feb 2012 Rwanda v Nigeria D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations 1st round 1st leg


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.