Abiodun Baruwa

Abiodun Baruwa Biography / Profile

Abiodun Baruwa was born on November 16th, 1974 in Abuja, Nigeria. He was one of the promising goalkeepers in his time, but injury cut short his career. Today he has delved into football management and is now a FIFA licensed player agent.

Abiodun Baruwa Age

Abiodun Baruwa is 49 years old.

Abiodun Baruwa Early Life

Baruwa grew up in Lagos where he attended Igbobi College.

Abiodun Baruwa Career

Having started his career at Kano Pillars, Baruwa also had spells with Iwuanyanwu Nationale (now Heartland FC), and Shooting Stars FC, being the first choice goalkeeper during 1996 African Cup of Champions Clubs where his club was runner-up after losing to Zamalek on penalties. In 1997, Baruwa was bought by Sion, where he was a backup to Fabrice Borer. In the next season, he moved to Sturm Graz only appearing once as a reserve for Kazimierz Sidorczuk. He stayed with the club until 2001 without making any further appearance and being relegated to third-choice after Josef Schicklgruber was appointed the first choice. In January 2003, Baruwa was signed by Barry Town on a short-terrm deal, winning both 2002/2003 Welsh Premier League and 2002/2003 Welsh Cup. During his stay, in a match against Bangor City, he suffered racial abuse and was confronted by an opposition fan in the pitch. After failing to get a work permit to 2003–04 season, Baruwa left Barry Town and in October 2003 joined Dagenham & Redbridge. Also without a work permit, he could not be paid by the Conference National club. Unable to oust Tony Roberts from the starting side, Baruwa made a single Conference appearance as a substitute in September 2004, before being released in the same month. In the same year, he was signed by Conference South side Hornchurch, making a single appearance at a 2–5 loss against Boston United in a FA Cup match on 13 November 2004.

Baruwa was a stand-by player for Nigeria under-23 at the 1996 Summer Olympics when his team won the gold medal. With the Nigerian national team, he was selected for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Zimbabwe alleged that Baruwa, who played during 1996 Summer Olympics qualification, was in fact born on 7 February 1969 as stated in a match program from 1991 Nigerian FA Cup final when Baruwa was a Kano Pillars player. Nigeria faced disqualification from the Olympic Games, but FIFA turned down the Zimbabwe allegation. During his stint at Barry Town, he was cited as a 33-year-old goalkeeper, meaning he was born in 1969. He however denied any allegations of age falsification.

Abiodun Baruwa Personal Life

Baruwa runs a football agency called BRW sports management limited in England,where he resides with his family. 

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