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Henry Makinwa

Henry Makinwa
Personal information
Full nameHenry Olufosoye Makinwa
Date of birth (1977-11-06) 6 November 1977 (age 36)
Place of birthLagos, Nigeria
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing positionForward
Club information
Current clubNone
Senior career*
1995Iwuanyanwu Nationale
1997Udoji United20(22)
1997Rayo Vallecano0(0)
1998–2001Vitoria Setúbal73(14)
2001–2002Gil Vicente11(0)
2002–2003Rapid Bucureşti11(2)
2005–2006Maccabi Petah Tikva3(0)
2007Tianjin Teda12(1)
2008–2009PSMS Medan3(1)
2009–2010Vittoriosa Stars
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 1 July 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Henry Olufosoye Makinwa (born 6 November 1977 in Lagos) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward.

A journeyman, he represented nearly 20 teams in 11 different countries (his own included).

Club career

Early years / Portugal

After playing for three teams in his homeland, Makinwa moved abroad at the age of 19, his first stop being Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish second division. In the following transfer window, without having appeared officially for the club, he signed for F.C. Penafiel in Portugal, in the same category.

Makinwa (known in Portugal as Maki) spent the following four 1/2 seasons in the country, mostly for Vitória de Setúbal. In 2000–01, he scored a career-best – in Europe – 11 goals in 28 games, as the Sadinos returned to the top level immediately after being relegated; in late February 2003, he left S.C. Farense and switched to Romania with FC Rapid Bucureşti.


Over the course of the following four seasons, Makinwa never settled with a team, playing in Egypt, Portugal, Cyprus, Israel and China. On 8 November 2007, he signed for newly promoted Scottish Premier League side Gretna on a free transfer, following his release from Chinese Super League's Tianjin Teda FC.[1]

Makinwa made his official debut on 25 November 2007 against Hearts, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 home draw, with Laryea Kingston scoring at both ends. He failed to score any goal in 14 official appearances and, after Gretna's relegation and dissolve, found himself again a free agent.

Late career

In October 2009, after spending one year in Indonesia, Makinwa signed with Maltese First Division team Vittoriosa Stars FC, on a free transfer.


External links

  • Stats and profile at Zerozero
  • Stats at ForaDeJogo (Portuguese)
  • RomanianSoccer profile and stats
  • Soccerbase
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