Samuel Jonathan Naiwo

Personal Information

  • D.O.B: 30/10/1992
  • Birthplace: London, England UK
  • Height: 5ft 7in
  • Weight: 165 lbs
  • Positions: Left & Right Midfield, Attacking Midfield

Strengths

I like to work hard off the ball and help out defensively. I am explosive and can play on the right, left, or through the middle of midfield. I am sharp and can change directions with and without the ball. I am good at taking on defenders 1v1 and can cut inside or go down the outside with my speed. I have a good end product and like to link up with players. I have an eye for goal and also can create chances for my teammates. I have good technique and can take free kicks, corners and penalties.

Football Background

Sandviken IF (2018-Current)

I joined Sandviken IF in the summer of 2018 half way through the season. I played 14 games starting 12 of them. I scored 2 goals and got 6 assists. Also was awarded Man Of The Match vs AIK in the Swedish Cup 2018.

Pitea IF (2017-2018)

I spent one and a half seasons at Pitea between 2017-2018. I played a total of 40 games, scoring 14 goals and 16 assists. I won best midfielder of the season in the league and came second for player of the season.

2016 Season: Gallivare/Malmbergets FF

This was my first professional season in Sweden playing in Division 2. I played and started 25/26 games in the league and played in 1 cup game. I finished the season with 16 goals and 10 assists in total playing in left wing attacking position. I'm looking to establish and improve my all round game at a much higher level of football to further my career.

2014/15: Wilmington University

For my Junior year I was recruited by head coach Nick Papanicolas. I played 19 out of the 21 games played and finished the season with 8 goals and 8 assists. I had the most goals and assists on my team and made the All-Conference Team. I also made the CACC All-Tournament Team for my performances throughout the conference tournament.

2012-2014: SUNY Adirondack

In my Freshman year I was recruited by head coach Damien Jepson. I played and started 17 out of 17 games and finished the season with 31 goals and 20 assists. I lead the nation with most goals, assists and points. I was named on the NSCAA All-American First Team and NJCAA All-American Second Team. I was also named Region III Division III First Team, as well as being Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference Player of the Year. Lastly, I also made the All-Conference Team.

In my Sophomore year I played and started 18 out of 18 games. I finished the season with 29 goals and 11 assists. I finished 2nd in the nation for goals, 9th in assists and 3rd in points. I was named on the NSCAA All-American First Team and NJCAA All-American First Team. I made the NJCAA All-National Tournament Team for my performance in the National Tournament. We won the Region 3 tournament and I was named Most Valuable Player. I was also awarded with Region 3 Co-Player of The Year and made the All-Conference Team. Lastly, I was name NJCAA Player of The Week.

2009-2012: Cambridge United Football Club

From the age of 16-19 I was signed to Cambridge United FC. I represented Cambridge United reserves team, played in the FA Youth Cup and FA Trophy. During my time at Cambridge, we played the likes of Gillingham, Exeter and Blackpool. When representing the reserve team, we played in a mens league which helped us at a young age prepare for mens football.

2008-2009: Crystal Palace Football Club

I was signed to Crystal Palace from 15 to 16 and played under Collin. We played the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, West Ham and many more. At the age of 16 I always played for the older age groups at Under 17s and Under 18s level.

2003-2008: Millwall Football Club

I was signed to Millwall FC from the age of 10 to 15. During my time at Millwall we played many different academy teams such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Aston Villa and many more. I played in the Watford Tournament with the Under 12s and Under 13s team. I also played for the Under 16s at the age of 14.

Other Information

I am dedicated to game and have been playing since I was three years old. I was scouted by Arsenal at the age of 7 but moved to America. While at the age of 16 and went and train with professional clubs in England such as, Leyton Orient, QPR, Fulham and Southend United. When representing my district team Blackheath, our team made it into the semi-final of the national tournament in England. I also played for London County from the age of 14 to 15. I captained my school football team (Crown Woods School) and we won three back to back London Titles from Year 9 to Year 11.