Abass Lawal

Nigerian footballer
Abass Lawal
Personal information
Full name Abass Muyiwa Lawal
Date of birth (1980-09-13) 13 September 1980 (age 42)
Place of birth Ibadan, Nigeria
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Shooting Stars
Youth career
1996–1997 Plateau United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Atlético B 42 (0)
2000–2001 Atlético Madrid 6 (0)
2001–2002 Córdoba 26 (8)
2002–2003 Leganés 36 (6)
2003–2004 Albacete 6 (0)
2005 Xerez 11 (0)
2005–2006 Moghreb Tétouan
2006 Emirates Club
2007 Ras Al Khaima
2008–2009 Al Khaleej
2009–2011 Al-Dhafra
2014–2015 Sunshine Stars
2015–2017 Shooting Stars
Teams managed
2005–2006 Atlético Valdemoro
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Abass Muyiwa Lawal (born 13 September 1980) is a Nigerian footballer who played mainly as a right winger.

He spent nearly one full decade in Spain, amassing league totals of 127 games and 14 goals for six clubs (only six matches in La Liga). He also competed professionally in the United Arab Emirates.

Football career

Born in Ibadan, Lawal moved to Spain at only 17 and signed with Atlético Madrid, going on to spend three full seasons with the B-team in Segunda División. In 2000–01 he was promoted to the main squad which was also competing in that category, appearing rarely (178 minutes) as the Colchoneros failed to regain their La Liga status.

After two solid seasons in the second level, with Córdoba CF and CD Leganés, Lawal returned to the top division with Albacete Balompié, but failed to establish himself in the Castile-La Mancha side and left for Xerez CD in January 2005; Albacete would also be relegated at the end of his second season.

Subsequently, Lawal played a few years in Morocco and the United Arab Emirates, where he dealt with several injury problems. In December 2013, after nearly four years of inactivity, he returned to Nigeria and joined Sunshine Stars FC.[1]

Personal life

  • Lawal's middle name, Muyiwa, means "God has brought this".[2]
  • His older brother, Oladimeji, was also a footballer. A midfielder, he had professional stints in Spain and Belgium.


  1. ^ Lawal agrees to Sunshine switch Archived 2013-12-17 at the Wayback Machine; MTN Football, 15 December 2013
  2. ^ Name meaning at Nigerian.name

External links

  • Abass Lawal at BDFutbol
  • Stats at Voetbal International (in Dutch)
  • Abass Lawal at Soccerway
  • Abass Lawal at FootballDatabase.eu