Isaac Promise

Isaac Promise (2 December 1987 – 2 October 2019) was a Nigerian footballer. He was the captain of the football team representing Nigeria which won the silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He played professionally for 14 seasons, much of which was spent in Turkey. He scored a total of 77 club goals during his career.

Isaac Promise
Promise in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-12-02)2 December 1987
Place of birth Zaria, Nigeria
Date of death 2 October 2019(2019-10-02) (aged 31)
Place of death Austin, Texas, U.S.
Playing position Striker
Youth career
2003–2005 Grays International
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Gençlerbirliği 93 (29)
2008–2010 Trabzonspor 26 (2)
2009–2010Manisaspor (loan) 27 (6)
2010–2012 Manisaspor 69 (16)
2012–2014 Antalyaspor 48 (11)
2014–2015 Al Ahli 4 (1)
2014–2015 Balıkesirspor 13 (3)
2015–2017 Karabükspor 12 (0)
2016–2017Giresunspor (loan) 18 (2)
2018 Georgia Revolution 13 (7)
2019 Austin Bold 20 (3)
Total 343 (80)
National team
2009 Nigeria 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Club career

As a promising youngster, Promise went on trials with Nigerian second division side Grays International. Attracting attention from several big name football clubs in Europe, he went on trials with Manchester United alongside John Obi Mikel, but found the trials unsuccessful. After being linked with Dutch outfit Feyenoord Rotterdam he eventually signed for Turkcell Süper Lig club Genclerbirligi in a three-year deal in August 2005.

In the Turkcell Super League 2006-07 season, Promise scored 12 goals. He more than doubled the number of his total goals for Gençlerbirliği. On 15 July 2008, Promise agreed a 4-year deal with Trabzonspor.[1]

With Trabzonspor, he scored two goals in 26 matches. Because of his average performance he was loaned out to Manisaspor for a year. Promise played 27 matches and scored six goals. In the summer of 2010, Manisaspor signed a contract with him. After scoring 11 goals in 30 matches with his now relegated club Manisaspor, he signed a 3-year contract with Antalyaspor.

In February 2015, he signed a six months deal with Balıkesirspor.[2][3][4][5]

In August 2018, it was announced that Promise would join United Soccer League expansion side Austin Bold for the 2019 season.[6]

International career

Promise was named as the captain of the Nigeria under-23 squad for the 2008 Summer Olympics, being held in China. On 13 August 2008 at Tianjin Olympic Center in Tianjin, Promise scored Nigeria's first goal against the United States in the preliminary stage, Nigeria went ahead to win the match by 2–1.

Nigeria won Group B in the preliminary stage, also beating Japan, and drawing with the Netherlands. They would beat Ivory Coast and Belgium in the knockout stage, before losing to Argentina, 1–0, in the Gold medal match, earning the Silver medal.

Promise first appeared on the senior squad for Nigeria in 2009. He earned 3 caps, and scored one goal.


Promise died of a heart attack on 2 October 2019, at age 31.[7][8]


  1. "Isaac Trabzonspor'da".
  2. "Yapım Aşamasında". Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  3. sitesi, Türkiye'nin lider haber. "Isaac Promise, Süper Lig'e döndü!". MİLLİYET HABER - TÜRKİYE'NİN HABER SİTESİ. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  4. "Balıkesirspor Isaac Promise'nin transferi konusunda anlaştı". Eurosport. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  5. "Balıkesirspor Baltok Kulübü Resmi İnternet Sitesi |". Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  6. Communications, Austin Bold FC (28 August 2018). "AUSTIN BOLD FC SIGNS STRIKER PROMISE ISAAC". Austin Bold FC.
  7. Communications, Austin Bold FC (3 October 2019). "PROMISE ISAAC: 1987-2019". Austin Bold FC. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  8. "Isaac Promise: Former Nigeria striker dies aged 31". BBC Sport. 3 October 2019 via
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