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Player Profile: Majeed Waris

By Mutala Yakubu
Majeed Waris
Majeed Waris

Abdul Majeed Waris is a Ghanaian striker who plays for French side Nantes on loan from Porto

Date of Birth
27-year-old Majeed Waris was born on September 19, 1991, in Tamale, Northern Region, Ghana.

Early football career

Waris is a product of the  Right to Dream Academy, he joined at age twelve. He travelled to England in 2008 and joined  Hartpury College, while simultaneously gaining a place at the Nike Academy.

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BK Häcken

In 2009, he signed a four year deal with Swedish Allsvenskan side BK Häcken.
He was a regular for the club and stayed with them for two years.
He made a total of 55 appearances and scored 26 goals in the process. He moved in 2012 to Spartak Moscow.

Spartak Moscow

Waris joined Spartak Moscow in 2012 after a brilliant time at Hacken. However, his first-team chance at Spartak Moscow was limited, due to the dominance of strikers, such as Emmanuel Emenike, Yura Movsisyan, Artyom Dzyuba and Ariclenes da Silva Ferreira.

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Following the start of the winter break, he stated he wanted to leave the club, citing earning a first-team place in the World Cup.
Waris made a total of 15 appearances for the club and netted once.

Valenciennes (loan)

He joined  Ligue 1 club Valenciennes on loan in 2014. Even though Waris went on to make just 16 appearances for the side, he scored 9 goals in the process.

His fine form caught the eye of Turkish side Trabzonspor.


After the World Cup in 2014, Waris was signed by Trabzonspor from Spartak Moscow for €5.5 million.

Waris had a torrid time at Moscow, after making 18 appearances for the side, he failed to score a single goal and was sold to Lorient in 2015.


On 6 August 2015, Waris' transfer to French Ligue 1 side Lorient was announced. Media reported the transfer fee as €5 million and the duration of the contract as four years.

He impressed at the club and the side racking up 21 goals in 62 appearances in three years. He caught the eye of Porto and was snapped up on loan by the club.

Porto (loan)

In January 2018 Waris was loaned to Portuguese Primeira Liga side FC Porto on a six-month loan deal which involves a €6 million option to make the move permanent.
He only made five appearances for the team and could not score.


Even though Porto signed him on a permanent deal, he has been loaned to French side Nantes for the 2018/19 season.

International career

Waris was called up to the Ghana squad against Chile in February 2012, replacing the both injured André and Jordan Ayew.

He came on as a substitute for Richard Mpong as Ghana earned a 1–1 away draw at the PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.

He scored the third goal in Ghana's 4–0 in World Cup Qualifying against Sudan on 24 March 2013 at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi. He also scored a goal against Egypt when Ghana defeated Egypt 6–1 in Kumasi in the first leg of the final World Cup qualifier.

On 12 May 2014, Waris was named in a provisional 26-man squad in the 2014 FIFA World Cup by Ghana manager James Kwesi Appiah. On 2 June 2014, he made the cut to be named in Ghana's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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