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Association football player
12 February 1985, Kaduna
Jeremiah Ani (born 12 February 1985 in Kaduna) is a Nigerian international footballer who is also a Maltese Citizen,Currently plays for Sliema Wanderers F.C.in the Maltese Premier League.He plays as a Striker/Winger.
He Started his youth football with Black Gold fc and Adamawa united fc respectively,In 2002 he moved to Malta signed for Naxxar Lions he scored 18 goals in 16 league games that year and was so the top scorer of the first league in 2004. He was then attracting interests from top clubs in Malta such as Valletta F.C., Sliema Wanderers F.C. and clubs from Cyprus. He then signed for Valletta F.C., After leaving Valletta fc,he joined Al Ittihad Kalba in Dubai (U.A.E) on a 6months deal. He moved back to Malta and joined Kercem Ajax F.C.Scored 18 goals to win the top scorer of the year 2007 Div 1 league. he then attracted the interests of some clubs in Italy, Portugal and Russia. He is a power forward who has been compared to Drogba, with his style of play. He Played in the Portuguese Super liga after signing a 3-year contract with Estrela da Amadora;. After Impressing in trials with Crystal Palace, Plymouth Argyle and Notts County,after much negotiations,with Notts County and Argyle unable to reach a deal to sign the forward, Ani signed with Rotherham United, to start his first spell in English football. He made his debut for the Millers in their 1-0 win over Lincoln City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on 31 August 2010.He also played for APOP Kinyras FC in the top league of Cyprus.In 2012 he moved back to Malta and joined Sliema Wanderers F.C..
In January 2014, Ani joined Maltese First Division side Pieta’ Hotspurs and did his first debut on Wednesday 22 January 2014 in a Trophy match, with his side beating Hiberians F.C.
He featured for The U-17 junior national team of Nigeria. Ani was involved in the buildup to the 2008 Olympic games for Nigeria U-23 National Side,as he was regularly called up to the national side by then Samson Siasia, who was the head coach. He featured for the Nigerian Olympic squad in 2007–08. He was also part of the Nigerian U-23 team that won the Intercontinental Cup in Malaysia in 2008.