Julius Aghahowa Biography: Inside The Life Of Former Nigerian Striker

Julius Efosa Aghahowa, born on February 12, 1982, is a former professional football player. When he scored goals, he was known for celebrating by doing backflips.

Early Life

Julius Aghahowa was born on the 12th of February, 1982, in Benin, the capital city of Edo State, which falls in the Southern part of Nigeria.


Professional Career

Before joining Bendel Insurance, Aghahowa began his career as a local police officer with the Police Machines. Aghahowa joined with Herning Fremad of the Danish second division prior to the 1999 African Youth Championship, but after prospering there, he wanted to play for a more prominent club. He finally joined the Tunisian champions, Espérance, after securing a deal with the Tunisians that predates the Herning Fremad pact.

In the middle of the 2000–01 campaign, Aghahowa relocated to Shakhtar Donetsk. In the 2006 Ukrainian Championship match between Shakhtar and Dynamo Kyiv, Aghahowa scored the game-winning goal in extra time, earning player of the match honors. Aghahowa joined Wigan Athletic after more than six years of playing for Shakhtar Donetsk.

He joined Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed price, and on February 3 against Portsmouth, he made his Premier League debut there. Aghahowa failed to score for Wigan in an entire season and a half, and on June 20, 2008, he joined Kayserispor.

On July 4, 2009, Aghahowa transferred to Shakhtar Donetsk for free after being released by Kayserispor. From 2000 to 2007, he was a player for Shakhtar, and he stated a strong desire to play for them again. He was loaned to PFC Sevastopol at the start of the 2010–11 season since he was unable to solidify himself as a regular starter. He declared his retirement from football in April 2013 after being released at the conclusion of the 2011–12 season.

International Career

In 32 games for the Nigerian national team, Aghahowa scored 14 goals, including their lone World Cup goal against Sweden in 2002. At the 2002 African Nations Cup, he scored more goals than any other Nigerian. He took part in the 2000 Summer Olympics as well.



  • 2000: Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1

Shakhtar Donetsk

  • 2010: Ukrainian Premier League
  • 2006: Ukrainian Premier League
  • 2005: Ukrainian Premier League
  • 2002: Ukrainian Premier League
  • 2004: Ukrainian Cup
  • 2002: Ukrainian Cup

Net Worth

According to the analysis from different online sources, Julius Aghahowa has an estimated net worth of $3 million.

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