Biography Intro: Jonathan Akpoborie (born 20 October 1968) is a Nigerian former football player who spent the majority of his playing career in Germany.
NAME: Jonathan Akpoborie
DATE OF BIRTH: 20 October 1968
PLACE OF BIRTH: Lagos, Nigeria
OCCUPATION: Nigerian former football player who spent the majority of his playing career in Germany.
CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:
Akpoborie was part of the Nigeria team that won the first edition of the FIFA U-16 Championship in 1985, scoring in the final against the then West Germany. Two years later, he featured for the Flying Eagles at the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship in Chile.
At the senior level, he was selected for the 1992 and 2000 Africa Cup of Nations where he won bronze and silver respectively. His first senior cap was in a 1992 Africa Cup of Nations Third-place match against Cameroon, which the Super Eagles won. He scored his first goal for the Super Eagles against Mexico at the 1995 U.S. Cup on 24 June 1995. He got his second goal – a 48th minute equalizer – in a 1–1 draw with Kenya in a 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification match on 12 January 1997. Akpoborie featured in a number of games ahead of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. In the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification – CAF First Round, he scored his fourth goal in Nigeria’s 4–0 win over Eritrea in Lagos.