He was a member of the the Super Eagles squad to the 1992 and 2000 where they won bronze and silver respectively.
His first goal for the Super Eagles was against Mexico at the 1995 US Gold Cup with the Mexicans winning 2-1.
Akpoborie started his professional career at Julius Berger, before moving to USA.
In 1990, he joined 1. FC Saarbrücken of German second division, had spells with FC Carl Zeiss Jena, Stuttgart Kickers, for whom he scored 37 goals in one season, and Waldhof Mannheim, before finally joining top-flight FC Hansa Rostock in 1995.
After spending two years at Rostock, he moved to their Bundesliga rivals VfB Stuttgart and then VfL Wolfsburg in 1999.
Akpoborie finished his playing career at Saarbrückenin 2002.
In the 1997/98 season he helped Stuttgart reach the now defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup final where they lost 1-0 to Chelsea.
Also, Akpoborie was part of Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets that won the first edition of the FIFA U-16 Championship in 1985, scoring in the final against the then West Germany.
Two years later, he featured for the Flying Eagles at the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship in Chile where the team crashed out at the group stage.