Garba Lawal

Garba Lawal
Personal information
Full name Garba Lawal
Date of birth (1974-05-22) 22 May 1974 (age 46)
Place of birth Kaduna, Nigeria
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position(s) Left Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Kaduna United F.C. (General manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 Julius Berger ? (?)
1995–1996 Espérance ST ? (?)
1996–2002 Roda 154 (20)
2002–2003 Levski Sofia 15 (3)
2004 Elfsborg 12 (0)
2004–2005 Santa Clara 16 (0)
2005–2006 Iraklis 33 (1)
2007 Changsha Ginde 3 (0)
2007 Julius Berger 18 (8)
2009–2012 Lobi Stars F.C. 3 (1)
National team
1997–2006 Nigeria[1] 57 (6)
Teams managed
2009–2013 Lobi Stars F.C. (Assistant Coach)
2009 Nigeria U-17 (Team Coordinator)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Garba Lawal (born 22 May 1974) is a former football midfielder from Nigeria who worked as the General manager at Kaduna United F.C.[2]


Lawal has had his most successful time at Roda JC in the Dutch Eredivisie. He also played for Julius Berger F.C. in Nigeria and Chinese side Changsha Ginde.[3]

In August 2009, he announced his return as a player-coach for Makurdi side Lobi Stars,[4] He was named General Manager of Kaduna United in February 2014.

International career

Lawal is regarded as one of the most versatile players in the Nigeria national football team of the 1990s and early 2000s often being used for any position ranging from defence to attack on the left wing. Lawal took part at the FIFA World Cups in 1998, where he played a key role in the 3-2 win over Spain in Nigeria's first match of the tournament,[5] and in 2002. He won the Olympic gold medal in 1996. He represented Nigeria at four editions of African Cup of Nations: 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006, scoring in all but the first.

Coaching career

In August 2009 was named as the assistant coach of Lobi Stars F.C.[6] In the same year, he was employed as team coordinator for the Nigeria national under-17 football team.[7]


  1. ^ Garba Lawal - International Appearances
  2. ^ Archived 2 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "Garba Lawal". Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Lobi Stars' Garba Lawal Admits First Match In Two Years Took Toll On Him |". Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  5. ^ "FIFA World Cup™ Archive -". Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Ex-International Garba Lawal To Make Nigeria League Comeback On Sunday |". Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  7. ^ Garba Lawal To The Rescue Archived 9 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine
Olympic medal record
Representing  Nigeria
Men's Football
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta Team Competition