Gift Emmanuel Orban (born 17 July 2002) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Belgian club Gent.
Early Life and Career
Born on July 17, 2002 in Nigeria. Orban grew up in Togo as well as Nigeria, and speaks French. In November 2021, he was scouted by Stabæk’s Torgeir Bjarmann and Thomas Finstad in Nigeria during a showcase tournament arranged by agent Atta Aneke. He trained with Stabæk during the winter of 2022 before returning after his visa expired. Returning to Norway, he signed for Stabæk in late May 2022. The transfer from Nigerian club Bison FC was a loan with an option to buy.
He scored his first goals in cup matches against semi-professional teams Notodden and Gjøvik-Lyn (twice). After this he became a starting player for Stabæk. His goal against SK Brann was compared to Alanzinho’s time at Stabæk. VG also called him a “striker jewel”.
When Stabæk sold Oliver Valaker Edvardsen in July, the club announced they would spend the money on Orban’s buyout option. The contract tying Orban to Stabæk until the end of 2026 was announced on 3 August. He became the top scorer in the 2022 Norwegian First Division with 16 goals, alongside Bård Finne. Helping Stabæk win promotion to 2023 Eliteserien, Orban was also named Young Player of the Year in the First Division.
On 31 January 2023, Orban joined Belgian Pro League side Gent on a permanent deal. On 11 February, Orban scored two goals on his Pro League debut in a 3–3 draw with Westerlo. On 12 March, Orban managed to score four goals in a 6–2 away win over Zulte Waregem, which made him the first player of Gent to do so in the 21st century. On 15 March, he scored a hat-trick in 4–1 away win over İstanbul Başakşehir in the UEFA Europa Conference League round 16. The hat-trick was scored within three minutes and 25 seconds, setting a new record for the fastest hat-rick in UEFA club competitions, breaking the previous record of six minutes and 12 seconds held by Mohammed Salah in the Champions League (Rangers vs Liverpool – 12/10/2022).
Gift’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Orban who are of Nigerian origin.
Gift Orban is currently single and not in an open relationship for now. Gift Orban is also not married for now.
Gift Orban’s net worth as of 2023 is estimated at around £1.5 million – £10 million.
Gift Orban earns about £1.2 million annually playing for Gent FC.
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