Emmanuel Emenike

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Emmanuel Emenike
Эммануэль Эменике.jpg
Emenike with Spartak Moscow in 2013
Personal information
Full name Emmanuel Chinenye Emenike
Date of birth (1987-05-10) 10 May 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Otuocha, Aguleri, Nigeria
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 29
Youth career
2007–2008 Delta Force
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 MP Black Aces 7 (3)
2008–2009 Cape Town 16 (1)
2009–2011 Karabükspor 51 (30)
2011 Fenerbahçe 0 (0)
2011–2013 Spartak Moscow 42 (21)
2013– Fenerbahçe 40 (14)
National team
2011– Nigeria 27 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 November 2014

Emmanuel Chineye Emenike (born 10 May 1987) is a Nigerian international footballer who plays as a striker for Turkish club Fenerbahçe.


Emenike started his football career with Delta Force. At the club, he revealed he walked on foot to training and back, even though it could take an hour and a half. He said he didn't get paid as he played at the club when it was non-professional and were in a low division, the club were also refused funds from the Delta State government. During his time in Delta Force, he was one of the golden duos of his team alongside Ryan Tjahjono. During this period where both of them played on the team, it was the golden age of the Delta Force defeating several teams such as the El-Kanemi Warriors and Julius Berger.

Later on his career, he would earn his first salary when he moved to South Africa.[1] He transferred to South African National First Division team Mpumalanga Black Aces in January 2008 and debuted against Dynamos F.C. on 17 February 2008. He scored his first goal with the team in his debut but Black Aces lost the match 4–2.[2] He was a member of the Black Aces team that lost against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup final. In May 2008, he joined First Division team F.C. Cape Town.


In 2009 Emenike signed a one-year loan deal[3] with Karabükspor. On the opening game of the 1.Lig season on 23 August 2009, Emenike made his debut in a 3–3 draw against Samsunspor and would score his first goal on 11 October, against Kartal. Emenike would score his first hat-trick of his Turkish career in a 6–1 win over Mersin İdmanyurdu and score another hat-trick on 14 February 2010 in a 4–2 win over Kayseri Erciyesspor. He went on to score 16 goals in the 1.Lig, leading the club to the title and automatic promotion.[4] Emenike won the 1.Lig Best Foreign Player award at the end of the 2009–10 season,[5] and also had his contract extended by three years for 300.000 €.[3] Emenike scored on his Süper Lig debut, helping Karabükspor to a 2–1 victory over Manisaspor.[6] On 28 November 2010, He scored his first hat-trick in Süper Lig career in a 3–0 win over Bucaspor. He subsequently scored a total of 14 goals in his debut Süper Lig season.[4] [check quotation syntax] In May, 2011, he initiated a lawsuit against the newspaper 'Haber Turk' for what Emenike's agents describe as "misleading" and "malicious" claim that Emenike's age is 7 years different than is shown on his passport.[7]


Match Fixing Scandal

On 25 May 2011, Emenike joined Fenerbahçe for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around 9 million euros.[8][9] On 7 July 2011, Emenike was arrested by the police for match-fixing allegations.[10] After being questioned, Emenike was freed by the Turkish court as there was no evidence against him and charges against him can't be acquitted over his role in the match fixing, according to the Turkish press agency. Shortly after being transfer listed by Fenerbahçe, Fenerbahçe announced that Emmanuel Emenike had been sold to Spartak Moscow (for a fee of €10 million).[11] Five months on of the match fixing, Emenike was charged, along with thirteen players, over alleged match-fixing attempts.[12] If convicted of match-fixing in a Turkish court, he could have faced up to three years in prison.[13] After several delays over his case during a two year time span, Emenike was cleared of match-fixing on the 25th of April 2013, due to lack of credible evidence.[14]

Spartak Moscow[edit]

Emenike in a Spartak Moscow shirt.

On 28 July 2011, he was sold to Spartak Moscow for €10 million due to the match fixing scandal involving Fenerbahce and Emenike.[11][15] Emenike made history by becoming the first man to be transferred to another club without playing a match for Fenerbahçe. Emenike made his debut on the opening game of the season, coming on as a substitute for Ari in the 76th minute, against Anzhi Makhachkala on 14 August 2011 and the next game, he played 90 minutes in a 1–1 draw against Spartak Nalchik. Emenike also make his Europa League debut in a 2–2 draw against Polish side Legia Warsaw in the first leg of the qualification round. Eventually in the second leg, Spartak Moscow would be eliminated after losing 3–2. Emenike scored his first goal for the club with a 1–1 draw against CSKA Moscow. On 29 October 2011, Emenike scored his first hat-trick in a 3–0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow and the next game when Spartak played against Lokomotiv, he would score twice. Towards the end of season, Emenike was fined about US$17,000 for an offensive gesture after Dynamo Moscow fans, who racially abused him during a match between Spartak and Dynamo, which Spartak won 3–1 and he scored. Vladimir Vasilyev, a Russian FA's ethics committee official, explained the fine, stating it was "an adequate punishment".[16]

In the game of the season against champions Zenit Saint Petersburg, Emenike scored the second goal in the game when he awkwardly knocked the ball into the net but received a red card towards full-time after he appeared to do a mock vein-tapping in preparation for an imaginary heroin injection, which led the referee giving him a red card, describing Emenike's gesture as obscene, and directed at the Zenit bench...[17] Eventually, Spartak Moscow would win 3–2. After the game, Emenike made an explanation celebration for gratitude to his parents[18] The meeting between House of Football Control and Disciplinary Committee refused to consider the incident and shifted responsibility for the decision by the Ethics Committee.[19] In the 2011/12 season, Emenike scored 13 goals (all in the league) and is the second top-scorer behind Artyom Dzyuba, who scored one more than Emenike. At the end of the season, Emenike signed a four-year deal and increased his buy-out clause to $42 million.[20]

In 2012–13 season, Emenike scored the fastest goal in the history of the Russian League, within 10 seconds of kick-off in a 2–1 win over Alania Vladikavkaz on the opening game of the season. In the Champions League qualifying round against his former club Fenerbahçe, he scored against them in a 2–1 win on the first leg. Eventually, Spartak Moscow would go through to the Group Stage of the Champions League. In Matchday Two of the Group Stage, Emenike scored a brace in a 3–2 loss against Scottish side Celtic. After the match, Nigerian team-mate Efe Ambrose spoke to Goal.com praising Emenike for his "electrifying performance"[21] But in the second half of the season, his playing time was reduced, due to injuries.[22][23] In 2013–14 season, Emenike scored three goals in four matches, to send the club into first place in the league in the first-four matches. When Emenike left Spartak he said that Valeriy Karpin (Spartak coach) was like a father to him.

Return to Fenerbahçe[edit]

Emmanuel Emenike playing for Fenerbahçe in 2013

In August 2013, Emenike moved back to Turkey by returning to Fenerbahçe for a fee worth around €13m (£11.2M).[24] He was noted to be "thrilled" and was quoted saying Fenerbahce had always been a dream for him, and he had returned to perform for the fans and win championships. His first match for Fenerbahçe against Torku Konyaspor ended in a 3–2 loss. He scored his first goal for Fenerbahçe in October 2013 against Kayserispor in the 94th minute, securing a last minute win. He scored two more against Gaziantepspor a week later, while Fenerbahçe won 3–1.

In the first game of the second half of 2013–14 Süper Lig, Emenike suffered a hamstring injury and was unable to play for the next 3 games. He returned on February 24 against Sanica Boru Elazığspor, but he couldn't score. On March 10, he scored his first goal since he returned from his injury against Trabzonspor, but that goal has not been registered yet as the game was suspended and is still pending decision as of 2 April 2014.

International career[edit]

Emenike was called up to the Nigeria national football team for a friendly against Sierra Leone.[25] He was called up to Nigeria's 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.[26] On 21 January 2013, he scored in Nigeria's opening AFCON match against Burkina Faso in a 1–1 draw. He also scored the first goal in the quarter final match between Nigeria and Côte d'Ivoire which Nigeria won 2–1. On 3 February, Emenike scored a 30-yard free kick giving his country a 2–1 win over Côte d'Ivoire in the African Cup of Nations.

In 2013, he became part of the third Nigerian team to win the African Cup of Nations – Nigeria's first continental victory since 1994. His four goals proved crucial to Nigeria's progress through the tournament, and he was named to the team of the African Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament.[27] However, Emenike wasn't included in the final, due to a thigh injury.[28] He also received the Pepsi Tournament Top Scorer, with four goals, along with Ghana's Wakaso Mubarak.[29]

In March 2013, Emenike was left out of the Nigerian squad for the World Cup qualifier, due to hamstring injury,[23] which Emenike criticised Nigeria's coach and officials of ignoring him.[30] In June 2013, Emenike wasn't included for Nigeria's squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.[31] After four month without being called up, Emenike was called up for August's Mandela Cup friendly match but did not participate due to injury.[32] Emenike celebrated his absence from Eagles in Sept 2013 when he played in the 2014 world cup qualifier against Malawi – played in Calabar. He scored a goal in the two-nil win by the Super Eagles – a win which took them to the final round of world cup qualifiers. [33] He came on as a substitute three days later in a friendly match against Burkina Faso, played in Kaduna – he scored the fourth goal in a 4–1 win for the Eagles.

On October 13, 2013, in the first-leg of last round of the World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia, he scored twice to give the Super Eagles a 2–1 lead going into the second-leg[34]

Personal life[edit]

In January 2014, Globacom announced it named Emenike as their new brand ambassador.[35]



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