Monday James

Monday James (born 19 October 1986) is a Nigerian professional football defender.

Monday James
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-10-19) 19 October 1986
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
0000–2002 Bendel Insurance
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Bendel Insurance 70 (5)
2006–???? Bayelsa United 83 (2)
2009Hammarby (loan) 8 (0)
2009–2013 Hammarby 24 (0)
2014–2015 Bayelsa United 30 (3)
National team
2005 Nigeria U-20 20 (0)
2008 Nigeria U-23 11 (0)
2008 Nigeria 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Olympic medal record
Representing  Nigeria
Men's Football
2008 Beijing Team Competition

Club career

James began his career by Bendel Insurance before being transferred to Bayelsa United in January 2006.

He went on a five-month loan to Swedish club Hammarby IF in November 2008 after a couple of games with the club, where there is a clause in the loan that gives Hammarby the option to buy him when the loan ends.[1][2] On 7 June 2009 Hammarby IF reported that they would buy James and he would be given a four-year contract.[3]

As of June 2010, James has been out of play for almost a year, due to a misunderstanding with the club doctors claiming he has a heart condition while he was 100 percent healthy, he did not sustain any injury that prevented him from playing.[4]

29 June 2011, James extended his contract with Hammarby IF for another two years, playing 17 games in 2011, 6 games in 2012 and played 15 games in 2013.[5]

International career

He represented his country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was part of the Nigerian team during the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.


National team:


  • Olympic Games
    Silver medalist : 2008
  • Intercontinental cup Malaysia 2008 (gold medalist)



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