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Place of birth  Lagos, Nigeria
Name  William Okpara
Current team  Orlando Pirates
1987–1989  ACB Lagos
Position  goalkeeper
Years  Team
Height  1.80 m
Playing position  Goalkeeper
Role  Football player

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Full name  William Nwadinobi Okpara
Date of birth  (1968-05-07) 7 May 1968 (age 47)

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William Nwadinobi "Willy" Okpara (born May 7, 1968 in Lagos) is a former Nigerian football goalkeeper who played more than a decade for South African side Orlando Pirates.

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Career

Okpara played for ACB Lagos from 1987 to 1989 before moving to South African side Orlando Pirates. Okpara was the club's first choice goalkeeper from 1990 to 2002, losing his place to Congolese goalkeeper Michel Babale during 2002-03 season, then becoming an understudy to Thabang Radebe and Francis Chansa before retiring in 2005. He holds the record of Pirates' appearances with 375 matches, and is also the club's longest serving player. He was part of the 1995 CAF Champions League winning team.

International career

Okpara was Nigeria under-20's first goalkeeper during 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship, playing in all three matches as Nigeria failed to win during the group stage. He played for Nigeria national futsal team at 1992 FIFA Futsal World Championship as an outfield player, featuring in the 4-5 loss against Poland when he was sent off.

He made his debut for the Nigerian national team in 1996 and was selected for the 1998 FIFA World Cup squad.

Retirement

After his retirement, Okpara became a goalkeeping coach for Orlando Pirates.

Honours

  • Premier Soccer League: 2
  • National Soccer League: 1
  • Nedbank Cup: 1
  • MTN 8: 3
  • Castle Challenge: 1
  • CAF Champions League: 1
  • CAF Super Cup: 1
  • References

    William Okpara Wikipedia


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