Aaron Samuel Olanare

Aaron Samuel

Olanare with PFC CSKA in 2016
Personal information
Full name Aaron Samuel Olanare
Date of birth (1994-06-04) 4 June 1994
Place of birth Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Guangzhou R&F
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Shooting Stars 23 (15)
2011–2012 Dolphins 0 (0)
2012–2013 Vålerenga 15 (1)
2013–2014 Sarpsborg 08 26 (10)
2014– Guangzhou R&F 34 (15)
2016CSKA Moscow (loan) 7 (2)
National team
2014– Nigeria 7 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 April 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2014

Aaron Samuel Olanare (born 4 June 1994) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a striker for Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F F.C..

Club career

Olanare started his senior career in the Nigerian team Shooting Stars.[1] In 2012, Olanare signed for Norwegian team Vålerenga. He had been followed closely by the club after being on trial at the club, in the summer of 2012.[2] On 10 July 2013 Olanare signed another Norwegian team Sarpsborg 08.[2]

On 9 July 2014, Olanare transferred to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F on a two-and-a-half-year contract with the fee of €1.4 million.[3] On 19 July 2014, he made his Super League debut in a 3–2 home win against Jiangsu Sainty and provided an assist in the match.[4] He scored his first goal in China on 31 July 2014, which ensured Guangzhou R&F beat Liaoning Whowin 5–1.[5]

On 17 February 2016, CSKA Moscow announced the signing of Olanare on loan from Guangzhou R&F for the remainder of 2015–16 season.[6] On 2 May 2016, early on in the 2015–16 Russian Cup final game against FC Zenit St. Petersburg he injured his knee in a collision with Axel Witsel. He stayed on the field and scored an equalizer that made the score 1–1, after which he performed two flips,[7] which exacerbated his knee condition. After another collision with Domenico Criscito, he had to be carried over from the field on a stretcher.[8] CSKA lost the game to Zenit with the score of 1–4. He had to undergo the surgery in early June and his recovery was expected to take until the end of 2016 as his CSKA loan contract expired.[9]

International career

In October 2014, Olanare received his first call up for Nigeria national football team by Stephen Keshi to play against Sudan in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification. On 11 October 2014, he made his debut for the Super Eagles in a 1–0 away defeat against Sudan, coming on as a substitute for Nosa Igiebor in the 47th minute.[10] On 15 October 2014, Olanare scored his first goal in a 3–1 home victory against Sudan. He restored Nigerias lead in the 66th minute when he stabbed home a loose ball after a mix-up between Sudan goalkeeper Akram El Hadi and his defender.[11] Olanare scored his second goal for Nigeria in a 2-0 away victory over Congo. He scored the second goal of the match to secure the victory.[12]

Career statistics

Club statistics

As of 1 November 2015[13]
Season Club Division League Cup Total
2012 Vålerenga Tippeligaen 510051
2013 10021121
2013 Sarpsborg 08 13500135
2014 13500135
2014 Guangzhou R&F Chinese Super League 16810178
2015 18700187
Career Total 7526317827

International goals

As of 15 November 2014
Scores and results list Nigeria's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 October 2014 Abuja Stadium, Abuja, Nigeria  Sudan 2–1 3–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2. 15 November 2014 Stade Municipal, Pointe-Noire, Congo  Congo 2–0 2–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification


  1. "Aaron Samuel Olanare". altomfotball.no (in Norwegian). TV 2. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  2. 1 2 "Aaron Samuel klar for Sarpsborg 08". Sarpsborg08.no (in Norwegian). 10 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  3. "Official : Guangzhou R&F Unveil Aaron Samuel, Handed Jersey Number 25 Worn By". www.allnigeriasoccer.com. All Nigeria Soccer. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  4. 中超-哈默德绝杀阿隆首秀送助攻 富力3-2舜天. 21cn.com (in Chinese). 19 July 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  5. 实录-朴钟佑世界波阿隆首球 富力客场5-1灭辽足. 163.com (in Chinese). 31 July 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  6. "Olanare loan agreed". pfc-cska.com. CSKA Moscow. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  7. "Olanare equalizes". Match TV. 2 May 2016.
  8. ЦСКА – «Зенит». Оланаре покинул поле на носилках (in Russian). Sports.ru. 2 May 2016.
  10. "Sudan 1-0 Nigeria". cafonline.com. CAF. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  11. "Nigeria 3-1 Sudan". cafonline.com. CAF. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  12. Solace Chukwu (15 November 2014). "Congo 0-2 Nigeria: Super Eagles master their own destiny". Goal.com. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  13. "A.Olanare". uk.soccerway.com. Soccerway. Retrieved 7 October 2014.

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