Professional Football Player
Rabiu Afolabi born in Osogbo is a Nigerian soccer player.
Afolabi left his home country for Belgian outfit Standard Liège after impressing at the 1997 edition of the UEFA-CAF Meridian Cup.
He signed for Italian Serie A side SSC Napoli ahead of the 2000-2001 season, but failed to break into the first team, and went back to Belgium before the season was over.
After he leaving FC Sochaux at the end of 2008-2009 season on free agent, he signed a two-year contract with Red Bull Salzburg. Afolabi headed home an important winning goal away to title rivals SK Rapid Wien in February 2010 to help keep the Red Bulls on course for the championship.
He is a strong and lanky central defender, who is good aerially and has a thunderous shot. He is also very versatile and can play as a fullback or defensive midfielder as well. Dangerous on set pieces.
Played a vital role for Nigeria in the 1999 African Youth Championship, coming from defence to score the two goals against Cameroon in the semi-final. Nigeria eventually finished second in the tournament after losing 0-1 to the hosts, Ghana, in the final.
He then captained the Nigerian U-20 team in the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria. He made his full international debut in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Sierra Leone, in June 17, 2000. He plays for Nigeria national football team and was a participant at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.