Shola Shodiya's Profile
|Date of Birth:||17 June 1991|
|Previous Club:||Eyimba FC|
|Joined In:||August 2011|
|Debut with Club:||24 September 2011 [Vs. Sliema W.]|
Shola Haruna Shodiya is Nigerian, and he joined Birkirkara FC in the 2011 Summer Transfer Market.
Shola was brought to Malta by Mqabba FC but his talent caught the eye of Qormi. He went on trial with the ‘Yellow-Blacks' where he played 6 matches and scored 10 goals in pre-season tournaments and friendly matches.
Despite showing fine performances and impressing the Qormi clan, the two parties failed to reach an agreement and it was Floriana's turn to try to negotiate with this strong and fast player.
Finally, after Shola was on trial with Floriana, it was Birkirkara to end all speculations about the future of this player. Shola joined Birkirkara FC as an amateur player on Saturday, 20 August 2011.
Shola's debut had to wait for a number of weeks, till the Club regularised his registration with the MFA. His debut came in the fifth game of the league on Saturday, 24 September against Sliema Wanderers where Birkirkara were beaten with a solitary goal ten minutes into the second half. Despite losing this game, Shola was definitely the best player in the pitch for Birkirkara.
Without any doubt, despite going through some inconsistency phases, Shola was definitely an important player to the squad in his first 2011-2012 season thanks to his fast powerful runs on the flank.
In the Premier League, he made 22 appearances in which he began 17 matches while he was included as a substitute in 5. He managed to score six goals while he was voted as the man of the match three times.
Shodiya's 2012-2013 season was an excellent one, as once again his runs on the wings were a continuous torment for the opponents' defence, which established Shodiya as one of the most effective forwards in the Premier League which led to the Stripes winning their fourth Championship title.
Shola made 25 appearances in the Premier League, eighteen in the starting eleven while he was included as a substitute in seven matches. In the same competition, Shodiya scored nine goals while he was voted as the man-of-the-match three times.
The 2013-2014 season might have saw Shodiya lacking from consistency but still didn’t deny the Nigerian forward from another fine season. In the BOV Premier League, he made thirty-one appearances, starting all from the beginning. He was the team’s second best scorer with fourteen goals while he was voted the BOV Player of the Match six times.
Shola Shodiya was voted as the best forward along with his team-mate Jhonnattann Benites for the 2013-2014 season during the MFPA Awards.
|Last Matches Played|
19 October 2014 - Premier League
26 April 2014 - Premier League
19 April 2014 - Premier League
13 April 2014 - Premier League
Sliema Wanderers FC
6 April 2014 - Premier League