Abiola Dauda

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Abiola Dauda
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Dauda training with Kalmar in 2008
Personal information
Full name Abiola Adedeji Dauda
Date of birth (1988-02-03) 3 February 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Vitesse
Number 14
Youth career
2005–2006 Grassroot Highlanders
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Sölvesborgs GoIF 25 (23)
2008–2012 Kalmar FF 129 (28)
2013–2014 Red Star Belgrade 31 (15)
2014– Vitesse 28 (9)
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.[1]

Early life[edit]

Dauda has vertical scars under each of his eyes which are family markings that were given to him shortly after birth.[2] He has eleven siblings in his family.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Dauda was discovered in Nigeria by an agent Victor Mcdonald at age eighteen. He was playing with Grassroot Highlanders.[3] Mcdonald helped him to get signed with Swedish fourth tier club Sölvesborgs GoIF.[4] 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.[5]

Kalmar[edit]

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[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

Red Star Belgrade[edit]

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.[9] 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.[10]

Vitesse[edit]

On 21 July 2014, FC Red Star Belgrade announced they had agreed a €0.5 million fee for the transfer of Dauda to Eredivisie club Vitesse Arnhem.

Heart of Midlothian[edit]

On 1 February 2016, Scottish Premiership side Heart of Midlothian signed him on a loan deal for the remainder of the season.[11] He scored his first goals for the club when he scored a brace in the league against Ross County on 10 February 2016.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 26 November 2016
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sweden League Svenska Cupen Europe Total
2007 Sölvesborgs GoIF Division 2 25 23 25 23
2008 Kalmar FF Allsvenskan 21 5 5 3 26 8
2009 28 7 28 7
2010 29 5 3 0 32 5
2011 26 2 3 2 29 4
2012 25 14 25 14
Serbia League Serbian Cup Europe Total
2012–13 Red Star SuperLiga 11 4 0 0 0 0 11 4
2013–14 20 11 3 2 4 0 27 12
Holland League Dutch Cup Europe Total
2014–15 Vitesse Arnhem Eredivisie 16 6 0 0 0 0 16 6
2015–16 11 3 0 0 0 0 11 3
2016–17 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Scotland League Scottish Cup Europe Total
2015–16 Heart of Midlothian Scottish Premiership 13 5 2 0 0 0 15 5

Honours[edit]

Kalmar FF
Red Star

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] fotbollskanalen.com (Swedish): Hamrén letar anfallare – nu är Dauda svensk medborgare: "En dröm att få spela för Sverige" – 21 June 2013
  2. ^ "– När jag kom hit blev jag kär i klubben" (in Swedish). Östran. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Abiola Dauda at Srbijafudbal
  4. ^ "Fotbolliblekinge.se möter Abiola Dauda" (in Swedish). fotbolliblekinge.se. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Abiola Dauda är Sveriges mest jagade spelare" (in Swedish). Kristianstadsbladet. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mysterium #4: Den halva spelaren" (in Swedish). Offside. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Abiola Dauda lämnar Kalmar FF" (in Swedish). Sportal. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Abiola Dauda at Soccerway
  9. ^ Zvezda dovela napadača u minut do 12 at MONDO, 9 February 2013 (Serbian)
  10. ^ Debitantski gol Daude Archived 8 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine. at Blic, 3 April 2013 (Serbian)
  11. ^ "Hearts sign Abiola Dauda to replace striker Osman Sow". bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Ross County 0-3 Hearts". BBC. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 

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