Stephen Makinwa

Stephen Ayodele Makinwa (born 26 July 1983) is a retired Nigerian footballer who played as a striker. Makinwa also played for the Nigerian national team. His name, Ayodele, means "Joy has come home".[1]

Stephen Makinwa
Personal information
Full name Stephen Ayodele Makinwa
Date of birth (1983-07-26) 26 July 1983
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Reggiana 0 (0)
2000–2001Conegliano (loan) 8 (2)
2001–2002 Como 0 (0)
2002–2003 Reggiana 29 (6)
2003–2005 Genoa 18 (6)
2003–2004Como (loan) 21 (6)
2004Modena (loan) 17 (1)
2005 Atalanta 17 (6)
2005–2006 Palermo 23 (5)
2006–2012 Lazio 45 (3)
2008Reggina (loan) 9 (0)
2009Chievo (loan) 9 (1)
2010–2011Larissa (loan) 10 (1)
2012–2013 Carrarese 13 (6)
2013–2014 Beijing Baxy 11 (4)
2014 Gorica 5 (1)
National team
2004–2008 Nigeria 18 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Early career

Makinwa was born in Lagos, Nigeria. Discovered in 2000 by Reggiana while playing for Nigerian local side Ebedei alongside his childhood friend and teammate Obafemi Martins, Makinwa started his Italian football experience moving on loan to Serie D team Conegliano.

In 2001, he moved to Serie B team Como squad, as Como bought 50% of the rights to the player, however, Makinwa did not play any games for the team.

In 2002, he was back to Reggiana, in Serie C1, but the following season he was again in Como, but now as a regular.

Genoa and loans

Como bought the remainder of the 50% ownership rights from Reggiana in June and sold him to Genoa in August 2003. In the first half of the season, he was remained on loan at Como. In January 2004 Makinwa was loaned to Modena and made his debut in Serie A.[2] In the 2004–05 season, he returned to Genoa and scored 6 goals in the first half of the Serie B season. That season, Genoa also owned effective strikers Diego Milito and Roberto Stellone.

Atalanta & Palermo

In January 2005 Makinwa moved to Atalanta in a joint-ownership bid, but Atalanta was relegated in June 2005, although the club decided to buy the remaining rights on 27 June.

In July 2005, Makinwa joined Palermo for a reported €7.5 million transfer fee.[3] He only remained at Palermo for a season, however he showed enough promise to suggest that he could develop into a quality Serie A player, scoring 5 goals in 23 league matches as Palermo qualified for Europe and 3 goals in the Uefa cup.


Makinwa then went to S.S. Lazio in summer 2006, on a co-ownership deal for €3.3 million, being reunited with Delio Rossi, his former coach at Atalanta. In June 2007, he was fully contracted by Lazio, following a blind auction between the biancocelesti and Palermo, for another €3.3 million. He also signed a new five-year contract.

In 2007–08, Makinwa got his first experience of the UEFA Champions League, failing to score as Lazio crashed out in the group stages. Following six months of unconvincing performances, Lazio sent him on loan to relegation battlers Reggina,[4] but he still did not find the net, ending the season without a goal to his name.

He began the 2008–09 season as a fringe player at Lazio; making just four substitute appearances.

On 22 January 2009, it was announced that Makinwa had signed for Chievo until the end of the 2008–09 season,[5] for €250,000. The deal was a loan, with an option of making the move permanent, although Chievo decided not to sign the Nigerian and he returned to Lazio for the 2009–10

AE Larisa

On 15 July 2010, Makinwa joined Larissa on loan from Lazio until the end of the season.[6]

Beijing Baxy

Following the end of his contract with Lazio, Makinwa joined China League One side Beijing Baxy until the end of the 2014 season scoring 4 goals in his first 9 games.[7]


In July 2014 he was signed by Slovenian side ND Gorica.[8]

International career

Makinwa played for the Nigerian national team and won 14 caps since making his debut in 2004.

He played for Nigeria in the 2006 African Cup of Nations when they finished third. Two years on, he played in the side which again failed to win, losing at the 2008 African Cup of Nations to Ghana.

Both Makinwa and his national teammate Obafemi Martins, are known for celebrating goals by making several consecutive somersaults.

Club statistics


Club performance League
Season Club League AppsGoals
Italy League
2001/02ComoSerie B00
2002/03ReggianaSerie C1286
2003/04ComoSerie B216
2003/04ModenaSerie A161
2004/05GenoaSerie B186
2004/05AtalantaSerie A176
2005/06Città di PalermoSerie A235
2006/07LazioSerie A253
2007/08RegginaSerie A90
2008/09LazioSerie A40
2008/09ChievoVeronaSerie A91
2009/10LazioSerie A20
Greece League
2010/11LarissaSuper League101
CountryItaly 19435
Greece 101
Total 20436


  1. Meaning of Ayodele in
  2. "Acquistato Stephen Ayodele Makinwa". Modena FC (in Italian). 13 January 2004. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  3. Nadia Carminati (13 July 2005). "Rosaneri sign Makinwa". Sky Sports. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  4. Carla Hilton (31 January 2008). "Makinwa pens Reggina deal". Sky Sports. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  5. "STEPHEN MAKINWA AL CHIEVOVERONA". AC ChievoVerona (in Italian). 22 January 2009. Archived from the original on 19 February 2009. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  6. "Stephen Makinwa happy with Larissa Move |". Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  7. "百度够力足球 - 足球动态,比分直播,转会信息,独家报道 - 百度够力足球". Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  9. "Stephen Ayodele Makinwa". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
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