Samuel Kalu

Samuel Kalu (born 26 August 1997) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as winger for French club Bordeaux.

Samuel Kalu
Personal information
Full name Samuel Kalu Ojim
Date of birth (1997-08-26) 26 August 1997
Place of birth Aba, Nigeria
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
GBS Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016 AS Trenčín 32 (4)
2017–2018 Gent 48 (10)
2018– Bordeaux 35 (4)
National team
2018– Nigeria 13 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:54, 4 December 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 November 2019

Club career

AS Trenčín

On 9 December 2015, Kalu signed a two-year contract with the Slovak side AS Trenčín.[1] He made his professional debut for Trenčín against ŠK Slovan Bratislava on 27 February 2016.[2]


On 4 January 2017, he was transferred to Belgium top division club KAA Gent. [3]


On 6 August 2018, Kalu signed for Ligue 1 side Bordeaux, signing a five-year contract.[4]

International career

On 13 October 2018, he scored his first international goal with the Nigeria senior national team against Libya. He scored the final goal in a 4–0 victory. Kalu collapsed during the Nigerian team training session during the AFCON 2019 held in Egypt. Though rumours had it that he suffered a heart attack but this was later debunked as he collapsed as a result of severe dehydration. He was later released from the hospital to link up with the rest of the squad in Alexandria.

Personal life

Kalu's mother was released on 5 March 2019, having been kidnapped six days previously.[5]

Career statistics


As of matches played on 13 November 2019[6]
Nigeria national team

International goals

Scores and results list Nigeria's goal tally first.[6]
1.13 October 2018Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, Nigeria Libya4–04–02019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2.13 November 2019Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, Nigeria Benin2–12–12021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification


  2. Futbalnet / Únia ligových klubov / Fortuna liga / AS Trenčín - ŠK Slovan Bratislava futbal 27.02.2016,
  3. "Samuel Kalu signs three and a half year deal with Gent". Goal. 4 January 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  4. "Samuel Kalu is Girondin!" (in French). 6 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  5. Okeleji, Oluwashina (5 March 2019). "Nigeria winger Kalu's mother released by kidnappers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  6. Samuel Kalu at
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