Tijana Babangida

Date of birth25 September 1973
Place of birthKaduna
NationalityNigerian
PositionForward

A talented and pacy wide right-sided midfield player, Tijani began his senior career in Nigerian domestic football with Niger Tornadoes, but has played virtually all his football in the Netherlands. After spells with VVV Venlo and Roda JC he joined Ajax in 1996 where he spent the best part of the next three seasons as a regular first teamer. However he has dropped out of the picture in the last couple of years, spending time on loan in Turkey with Genclerbirligi and most recently with Vitesse Arnhem. Tijani was a member of the Super Eagles team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1996 and was a key figure in the campaign to qualify for the 2002 World Cup finals, scoring two goals in the final game against Ghana.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
VVV 01 Jul 1991 01 Jul 1993
Roda JC 01 Jul 1993 01 Jul 1996
Ajax 01 Jul 1996 01 Jan 2001
Gençlerbirliği 01 Jan 2001 01 Jul 2001
Vitesse Arnhem 01 Jul 2001

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1996-97 Africa Representative 1
2000-01 Gençlerbirliği Turkish First Division 9
3
2
1
2000-01 Rest of the World Representative 1
2001-02 Vitesse Arnhem Dutch KPN Telecompetitie 8
5
1
1


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
29 Jan 1997 EUROPE v AFRICA W 1-2 REPRESENTATIVE


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
1993-94 Nigeria International Friendly 1
1995-96 Nigeria Olympics 1
1
1996-97 Nigeria FIFA World Cup
2
1996-97 Nigeria Olympics 6
1
1997-98 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 1
3
1
1997-98 Nigeria International Friendly
3
1998-99 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 1
1
1999-00 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 3
3
2
1999-00 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 2
1999-00 Nigeria International Friendly 2
2000-01 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 1
2
2001-02 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 1
4
2001-02 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 1
2


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
25 May 1994 Romania v Nigeria L 2-0 International Friendly
17 Mar 1996 Nigeria v Zimbabwe W 1-0 Olympics Africa 3rd round
21 Jul 1996 Nigeria v Hungary W 1-0 Olympics Finals Group D
23 Jul 1996 Nigeria v Japan W 2-0 Olympics Finals Group D
25 Jul 1996 Brazil v Nigeria L 1-0 Olympics Finals Group D
28 Jul 1996 Nigeria v Mexico W 2-0 Olympics Quarter-final
31 Jul 1996 Nigeria v Brazil W 4-3 Olympics Semi-final
03 Aug 1996 Nigeria v Argentina W 3-2 Olympics Final
12 Jan 1997 Kenya v Nigeria D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group 1
05 Apr 1997 Nigeria v Guinea W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group 1
22 Apr 1998 Germany v Nigeria L 1-0 International Friendly
29 May 1998 Yugoslavia v Nigeria L 3-0 International Friendly
05 Jun 1998 Netherlands v Nigeria L 5-1 International Friendly
13 Jun 1998 Spain v Nigeria W 2-3 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
19 Jun 1998 Nigeria v Bulgaria W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
24 Jun 1998 Nigeria v Paraguay L 1-3 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
28 Jun 1998 Nigeria v Denmark L 1-4 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
24 Jan 1999 Nigeria v Burundi W 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group 5
28 Feb 1999 Senegal v Nigeria D 1-1 Africa Cup of Nations Group 5
28 Aug 1999 Nigeria v Ghana D 0-0 International Friendly
13 Nov 1999 Greece v Nigeria L 2-0 International Friendly
23 Jan 2000 Nigeria v Tunisia W 4-2 Africa Cup of Nations Group D
28 Jan 2000 Nigeria v Congo D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group D
03 Feb 2000 Nigeria v Morocco W 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group D
07 Feb 2000 Nigeria v Senegal W 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-final
10 Feb 2000 Nigeria v South Africa W 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations Semi-final
13 Feb 2000 Nigeria v Cameroon L 2-2 (3-4) Africa Cup of Nations Final
09 Apr 2000 Eritrea v Nigeria D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 1st round
22 Apr 2000 Nigeria v Eritrea W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 1st round
10 Mar 2001 Ghana v Nigeria D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
21 Apr 2001 Sierra Leone v Nigeria L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
05 May 2001 Nigeria v Liberia W 2-0 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
24 Jan 2002 Mali v Nigeria D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group A
28 Jan 2002 Liberia v Nigeria W 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group A
07 Feb 2002 Nigeria v Senegal W 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals semi-final
09 Feb 2002 Mali v Nigeria W 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals 3rd place


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