NOMINEE 137 OF 300: JULIUS AGHAHOWA
Julius Aghahowa is a retired Nigerian footballer.
Born in Benin City, Aghahowa began his career with the Police Machines, a local police team, and went on to Bendel Insurance.
He signed for Danish lower division team Herning Fremad before the 1999 African Youth Championship.
He ended up signing with the Tunisian champions, Espérance, when he procured a contract with the Tunisians which predated the Herning Fremad contract. He was known for his pace and his back-flips when he scored goals.
Aghahowa became the first foreign national outside the former Soviet Union who was among the best scorers in the Ukrainian Premier League 2000–01 season.
Aghahowa played in Ukraine, England and Turkey during his career. Famous for his acrobatic goal celebrations, he performed six consecutive perfect backflips after scoring a goal against Sweden at the 2002 World Cup. Aghahowa played 32 matches and scored 14 goals for the Nigerian national team, including their only goal at the 2002 World Cup against Sweden. He became Nigeria's top goalscorer at the 2002 African Nations Cup and also played at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
He is arguably one of the most celebrated/recognized footballers in the history of Nigeria.
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