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Dauda training with Kalmar in 2008
|Full name||Abiola Adedeji Dauda|
|Date of birth||3 February 1988|
|Place of birth||Lagos, Nigeria|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2013–2014||Red Star Belgrade||31||(15)|
|2016||→ Heart of Midlothian (loan)||13||(5)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 November 2016.
Abiola Adedeji Dauda (born 3 February 1988) is a Nigerian footballer who plays for Vitesse, as a striker. After over five years of playing competitive football in Sweden, Dauda gained Swedish citizenship in June 2013.
Dauda has vertical scars under each of his eyes which are family markings that were given to him shortly after birth. He has eleven siblings in his family.
Dauda was discovered in Nigeria by an agent Victor Mcdonald at age eighteen. He was playing with Grassroot Highlanders. Mcdonald helped him to get signed with Swedish fourth tier club Sölvesborgs GoIF. His time there was very successful and he was named the best forward of the division in 2007 which made several Allsvenskan clubs want to sign him.
In the end he decided to join Kalmar FF the following year. During his time there he very rarely got to play the full 90 minutes in games but he still had a prolific 2012 season where he scored a total of 14 goals. After the season had ended he declared that he was leaving the club to look for a new challenge. During his spell with Kalmar, he won the Swedish championship in 2008 and the Swedish Supercup in 2009, besides having been twice runner-up of the Swedish Cup, in 2008 and 2001.
Red Star Belgrade
On 8 February 2013, which was the last day of the transfer market window in Jelen Super Liga Dauda signed a contract with Red Star Belgrade. The first occasion on which Dauda scored for Red Star came on 3 April 2013, when he scored two goals and provided an assist for team-mate Darko Lazović in a 3–0 win at home against Hajduk Kula.
Heart of Midlothian
On 1 February 2016, Scottish Premiership side Heart of Midlothian signed him on a loan deal for the remainder of the season. He scored his first goals for the club when he scored a brace in the league against Ross County on 10 February 2016.
- As of 26 November 2016
|2007||Sölvesborgs GoIF||Division 2||25||23||—||—||25||23|
|2015–16||Heart of Midlothian||Scottish Premiership||13||5||2||0||0||0||15||5|
- Kalmar FF
- Red Star
-  fotbollskanalen.com (Swedish): Hamrén letar anfallare – nu är Dauda svensk medborgare: "En dröm att få spela för Sverige" – 21 June 2013
- "– När jag kom hit blev jag kär i klubben" (in Swedish). Östran. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
- Abiola Dauda at Srbijafudbal
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- Abiola Dauda at Soccerway
- Zvezda dovela napadača u minut do 12 at MONDO, 9 February 2013 (Serbian)
- Debitantski gol Daude Archived 8 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine. at Blic, 3 April 2013 (Serbian)
- "Hearts sign Abiola Dauda to replace striker Osman Sow". bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
- "Ross County 0-3 Hearts". BBC. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2016.