Ayila Yussuf

Atanda Ayila Yussuf (born 4 November 1984) is a professional Nigerian football player. His main asset is his versatility, as he can play as a central defender or defensive midfielder. He played for Ukrainian Premier League side Metalist Kharkiv on loan from FC Dynamo Kyiv. A former Nigerian youth international player, Yussuf was acquired by Dynamo from Nigerian side Union Bank F.C. in 2003. Despite injuries, Yussuf has become a regular for both Dynamo Kyiv and the Nigerian national team.

Ayila Yussuf Atanda
Personal information
Full name Atanda Ayila Yussuf
Date of birth (1984-11-04) 4 November 1984
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
2002–2003 Julius Berger
Union Bank
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Union Bank 43 (4)
2003–2014 Dynamo Kyiv 120 (10)
2003Dynamo-2 Kyiv 10 (0)
2013Orduspor (loan) 8 (1)
2013Dynamo-2 Kyiv 8 (2)
2014Metalist Kharkiv (loan) 5 (1)
National team
2005–2011 Nigeria 31 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 May 2014
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 05:11, 23 June 2010 (UTC)

Club career

At 16 years of age, Yussuf signed his first professional contract with Enyimba International F.C. He then continued his career with Union Bank F.C. His selection in senior teams drew the attention of the youth national team coaches.

FC Dynamo Kyiv

After drawing interest from clubs like PSV Eindhoven and VfB Stuttgart, Yussuf signed with FC Dynamo Kyiv in July 2003. On 5 August, he made his debut in the club's reserve team, FC Dynamo-2 Kyiv, against FC Polissya Zhytomyr. Less than two months later, on 21 September, Yussef made his senior team debut against FC Zirka Kirovohrad. A serious knee injury ended his 2003-2004 season. On 16 September 2004, he made his first appearance in the UEFA Champions League for FC Dynamo Kyiv in a match against A.S. Roma.

Since the second half of the 2011–12 season, Yussuf has struggled to maintain a place in the first team and was loaned to Turkish Süper Lig side Orduspor on 31 January 2013.[1] After a loan spell in Turkey, he still had not regained a first-team spot and played for the reserve team of Dynamo Kyiv, Dynamo-2 Kyiv. On 18 February 2014, he joined league rivals Metalist Kharkiv on a loan deal until the end of the year.[2]


As of 2 January 2014
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Ukraine League Ukrainian Cup Europe Total
2003–04Dynamo-2 KyivUkrainian First League10000100
2003–04Dynamo KyivUkrainian
Premier League
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası Europe Total
2012–13Orduspor (loan)Süper Lig8181
Ukraine League Ukrainian Cup Europe Total
2013–14Dynamo-2 KyivUkrainian First League8282
Total Ukraine 1381211147419617
Turkey 81000081
Career total 1461311147420418


  1. "Ayila Yussuf moves to Turkey". FC Dynamo Kyiv. 30 January 2013. Archived from the original on 24 February 2014.
  2. "Ayila Yussuf to play for FC Metalist Kharkiv on loan". FC Dynamo Kyiv. 18 February 2014.
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