Victor Anichebe: Goals, Passion
Victor Chinedu Anichebe was born on April 23, 1988, in Lagos. A year later, he moved to Liverpool with his family. Having some of these influences spurred him to achieve athletic success. At 15, he made Everton’s reserve team. Less than two years later, he was selected to make his first debut in February 2006.
In May 2006, he scored his first Premier League goal against West Bromwich Albion. That same year, he was awarded Everton’s Reserve Player of the Season for the 2005–06 season and that was the beginning of his goal-scoring magic. His scoring skills led fans to choose him as Everton’s Young Player of the Season. In 2011, he suffered a groin injury but returned in 2012 and scored match-defining goals.
After appearing in several games that season, he became recognised as Everton’s most used substitute and was utilised as their main striker.
Unfortunately, he went off again after suffering a hamstring injury. His return reminded fans why he was their scoring lead.
In 2008, he made his debut for Nigeria at the Olympic games qualifying match against South Africa. Although a substitute, he scored the final goal to lead Nigeria to victory in the match against Japan.
In 2011, Anichebe suffered a groin injury during a 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifying match and did not appear again.
In 2013, he temporarily retired from international football to concentrate on his club career and transferred to West Bromwich Albion in 2015. In 2016, he moved to Sunderland where his remarkable performances earned him a nomination for the Pe FA Fans Player of the Month award. On 23 June 2017, Anichebe joined Chinese club Beijing Sport University F.C where he now plays as a Forward.