Date of birth
Asaba began his career with non-league side Dulwich Hamlet, and after scoring a number of goals at that level he earned a move to Brentford in 1994.
His first season didn’t have the same impact as his second did, as in the latter he began to grow as a player, increasing his strength and pace on the ball.
Having been loaned out to Colchester United during his first season, he made his first professional debut in the course of 12 appearances, scoring two goals. On returning to Brentford, he scored 23 goals in the 1996/97 season as they made it as far as the play-offs.
The London-born striker’s goal scoring record saw him transfer to Reading from Brentford in 1997. He opened his home account in our 2-1 win over Oxford, but that goal, along with his 11 others in Royals colours, came during our last season at Elm Park – with his only appearance at Madejski Stadium coming just before a transfer to Gillingham.
He had scored in the first leg of a League Cup tie at Peterborough, and Tommy Burns brought him on for Mass Sarr in the 77th minute of the home leg, but Asaba couldn’t sign off with a goal in his 13 minutes at the Madejski. Grant Brebner and Darren Caskey earned the Royals a 3-1 aggregate win over Posh that late August evening.
After not making the desired impact at Reading, Asaba relocated to Gillingham for a club record fee of £590,000. He formed a formidable partnership with Robert Tayler, becoming the clubs top goal scorer at the end of the 1998/99 season with 23 goals.
He then moved on to Sheffield and Stoke before ending his career at Millwall after the end of the 2005/06 season.