Walsall player 117. Adolphus Ofodile


Adolphus Ofodile(born December 15, 1979) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a forward.
After beginning his career with Udoji United, Ofodile first came to Europe with the Belgian club Eendracht Aalst. After spending two years on loan with German amateur club SC Kapellen-Erft, he signed for 1. FC Magdeburg of the Regionalliga Nordost in 1999. Magdeburg finished 10th in Ofodile’s first season with the club, which, due to a restructuring of the Regionalliga, meant relegation to the fourth tier NOFV-Oberliga Süd. Magdeburg had a hugely successful 2000–01 at this level – with a frontline including Ofodile, Josef Ivanovic, David Mydlo and Vlado Papic, they won the title, and promotion, scoring 120 goals, and had a memorable cup run, beating 1. FC Köln, Bayern Munich (who would go on to be European champions) and Karlsruher SC before losing in the quarter-finals to eventual winners FC Schalke 04.
Ofodile left Magdeburg in the summer of 2001, moving to England to sign for First Division side Walsall. After a disappointing year, in which he only made one league appearance, as a late substitute for Darren Byfield in a 2–2 draw with Crystal Palace, and one in the Football League Cup, he returned to Germany to sign for FC St. Pauli of the 2. Bundesliga.
Ofodile scored twice on his debut for St. Pauli, after coming on for Tobias Kurbjuweit in a 7–1 over Eintracht Braunschweig, but only made ten further appearances, all in the first half of the season, without getting on the scoresheet, and left the club in July 2003. He spent two years with Hallescher FC and one with Grün-Weiß Piesteritz before returning to Nigeria. In 2012 he came back to Germany for a brief spell with SC Herford of the seventh tier Landesliga Westfalen.

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From the BBC at the time!

Walsall continued their tradition of innovative signings by moving for young Nigerian striker Adolphus Ofodile from eastern German third division side Magdeburg.

 

Youth career
Udoji United
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Eendracht Aalst
1997–1999 SC Kapellen-Erft (loan)
1999–2001 1. FC Magdeburg 51 (22)
2001–2002 Walsall 1 (0)
2002–2003 FC St. Pauli 10 (2)
2003–2005 Hallescher FC 34 (13)
2005–2006 Grün-Weiß Piesteritz
2006–2012 Unknown
2012 SC Herford
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