Emmanuel Ekpo

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Emmanuel Ekpo
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Personal information
Full name Emmanuel Ekpo
Date of birth (1987-12-20) 20 December 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Ekori, Nigeria
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder, Winger
Club information
Current team
Molde
Number 29
Youth career
2005–2006 Calabar Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Akwa United
2007–2008 Enyimba International
2008–2011 Columbus Crew 108 (5)
2012– Molde 38 (0)
National team
2008 Nigeria Olympic 6 (0)
2011– Nigeria 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 November 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 October 2009

Emmanuel Ekpo (born 20 December 1987 in Ekori) is a Nigerian footballer who currently plays for Molde FK in the Norwegian Tippeligaen.

Career[edit]

Professional[edit]

Ekpo spent his early years in the youth system of Calabar Rovers, before going on to play professionally for Akwa United and Enyimba in the Nigerian Premier League.

Ekpo signed a contract with Columbus Crew on 15 April 2008,[1] and scored an impressive first goal for the Crew on 28 June 2008, in a game against Colorado Rapids.[2] He went on to be an invaluable part of the Crew team which won the 2008 MLS Cup, the 2008 MLS Supporters Shield, and the 2009 Supporters shield repeat, featuring in over 80 games in all competitions in his first three seasons with the club.

In December 2011 Ekpo became a free agent when he did not re-sign with the Crew.[3] In February 2012 he signed with Molde of Norway, managed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, on a three-year contract through 2014.[4]

International[edit]

Ekpo participated in African Games qualifying in 2007, took part in CAF Olympic qualifying in 2008, and won a silver medal for participating in the Nigerian national team's games during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He was a second half substitute in all six of Nigeria's games.

On 6 September 2011, Ekpo received his first cap with the senior team. He played 20 minutes in a 3–1 loss to Argentina in a friendly.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 13 November 2013
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup North America Total
2008 Columbus Crew MLS 20 2 3 0 - 23 2
2009 30 2 0 0 - 30 2
2010 26 0 0 0 - 26 0
2011 32 1 0 0 - 32 1
Norway League Norwegian Cup Europe Total
2012 Molde Tippeligaen 13 0 1 0 2 0 16 0
2013 25 0 4 1 4 0 33 1
Total USA 108 5 3 0 - 111 5
Norway 38 0 5 1 6 0 49 1
Career total 146 5 8 1 6 0 160 6

Honors[edit]

Columbus Crew
Molde

References[edit]

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