Alex’s story is perhaps one of Forest’s greatest rags to (relative) riches stories.
After playing for the Eastbourne Borough youth teams, and twice for Forest in 2007-8, Alex made a rather interesting move… to Hong Kong! There he became one of the Hong Kong Premier League’s leading strikers, and even a Hong Kong international.
After a brief spell with Eastern on his arrival in Hong Kong, Alex signed for Tai Chung (now fantastically named Resources Capital FC), scoring three goals in 10 games.
The next season, Kitchee’s front duo of Albert Virgili Fort and Raul Torres left, so Alex made the step up, giving him the opportunity to play in the 2010 Lunar Year Cup, where he was named the Most Valuable Player.
Spells at Dream Matro Gallery (latterly renamed Dreams) Wofoo Tai Po (where he was relegated) followed, after which Alex signed for Kitchee at the start of the 2013-14 season.
One of his first games was against Manchester United, when he was on the score sheet in a 5-2 defeat. Kitchee made the quarter final of the AFC Cup (Asia’s equivalent of the Champions’ League) and went the entire league season unbeaten.
Paris St Germain were the visitors at the start of the 2014-15 season, and Alex was again on the score sheet, this time losing 6-2. However, this season was cut short by injury.
After seven years living in Hong Kong, Alex obtained citizenship and was immediately called up by the national team, scoring on his debt against Myanmar.
Another Hong Kong Premier League title followed in 2016-17, and aged 28 Alex showed no sign of letting off taking Hong Kong by storm.
But at the end of the 2017-18 season, Alex embarked on a new adventure, moving to China to play for Yanbian Funde in League One, the second tier of Chinese football.
Following the bankruptcy of Yanbian Funde, Akande moved to Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang on 28 February 2019. He made his debut three days later in a 1–1 draw against Henan Jianye.
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|2012-13||Wofoo Tai Po||18||13||11||6||29||19|
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