Meet The Anioma-born UEFA Licenced Football Icon Who Scored Over 170 Career Goals In Europe

Not too many football enthusiasts watched the quick, magical and mercurial displays of Nigerian ex-international Peter Emeka Ijeh.

Born 28th March 1977 in Lagos Nigeria, to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Mary Ijeh of Ubulu-Uku, Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State. He attended Primary and Secondary School in Osborne Ikoyi, Victoria Island in Lagos State.

His football career started at Nitel FC in 1996. In the 1998-99 season, he scored 14 goals and in the 1999/2000 season he netted 17 goals in 27 appearances to help Nitel FC gain promotion to the NPFL.
Peter Ijeh signed for Julius Berger FC in 2000 and went ahead to make 27 appearances, scoring 15 goals in total and winning the NPFL golden boot with 14 goals.

In 2001, he joined Swedish giants Malmo FF and hit the ground running. Between 2001 to 2003 he made 60 appearances scoring a whooping 38 goals in the process and picking up the golden boot with 24 goals in the 2001/2002 season. His 2003 season was marred by injury.

The skillful and prolific attacker joined IFK Goteborg in 2004. He made 36 appearances and scored 14 goals before signing for Danish giants FC Copenhagen in 2005. In Denmark, he only managed 4 goals in 16 appearances but went on to win the Danish League title in 2005/2006 season.

On the 19th of June 2006, he signed to play for Viking in Norway in a deal worth millions of Danish Krone. In Norway, he rediscovered his scoring form, scoring 11 goals in 15 appearances to rescue the club from a relegation struggle. In the final match of the 2006/2007 season, Peter Ijeh netted four goals and forced an own goal as Viking demolished their bitter rivals S.K. Brann 5-0 to survive relegation. That sterling performance earned him a hero status in Viking football club. Between 2006 to 2009 his total appearances was 78 matches for Viking with 39 goals to justify his inclusion in the team.

Peter Ijeh in action
Amid transfer rumours of bids from English Premier League side Coventry City and Lyn Oslo of Norway, at the end of 2009 Peter Ijeh penned a deal to play for Swedish second division side Syrianska FC where he made a total of 46 appearances scoring 22 goals in the 2010/2011 season.
His goals promoted Syrianska FC to Allsvenstan for the first time in their history. He further went on to score their first ever goal in the elite stage of the Swedish football competition.

In 2012, he signed for Gias and was handed the jersey number 9. He combined his footballing career with education as he studied at Gothenburg University and Swedish Football Federation ( SVFF ) to obtain a UEFA grade A and B Advanced Coaching Certificates plus a B.Sc in Sociology. He scored 2 goals in 18 appearances to bring his illustrious career to a halt.

In November 2013, Peter Ijeh took up a role at Assyriska BK as Head Coach.  He would go on to lift his first major trophy as coach in 2014 when he led the Swedish division two side to become the West Goteborg Champion after seeing off Utsiktens BK 1-0 in the grande finale of the Väster Götland Cup.

Evelyn Ijeh
On the 18th of March 2018, Evelyn Ijeh his daughter was handed a jersey in the Swedish Women U17 team. The versatile and prolific center forward featured against France in the Euro qualifiers.
The young lady must have opted to represent Sweden considering how his father was shockingly excluded from the Korea/Japan World Cup squad in 2002. Ironically, that year he was the was the highest goal in Sweden with a record 24 goals.

Josephine Ijeh
His second daughter Josephine Ijeh is also excelling in her footballing career.

Peter Ijeh has continued to enjoy a robust coaching career in Europe ever since.

Assyriska BK Coach Peter Ijeh
Who knows? Maybe one day he will consider coaching the super Eagles of Nigeria.

By Ngozi Onwordi Fortune

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