Sani Emmanuel

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Sani Emmanuel
Personal information
Full name Sani Shehu Emmanuel
Date of birth (1992-12-23) 23 December 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Edo, Nigeria
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
My People
2009–2010 Bodens BK
2010–2012 Lazio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Lazio 0 (0)
2012 U.S. Salernitana 1919 (loan) 1 (0)
2013 FC Biel-Bienne (loan) 10 (5)
2014 Beitar Jerusalem 1 (0)
National team
2009 Nigeria U17 5 (5)
2011– Nigeria U20 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 July 2013

Sani Shehu Emmanuel (born 23 December 1992) is an Nigerian footballer who last played as a striker for Beitar Jerusalem.


Early career[edit]

Born in Edo, Emmanuel started his playing career in his native Nigeria for My People FC, a Nigerian football Academy based in the Nigerian capital of Lagos and which was ran by the Synagogue Church of Nations.[1] In 2009 Emmanuel joined Swedish club Bodens BK where he stayed for only a few months as FIFA rules stated that he had to be 18-years old to make an international transfer.[2] Then in 2010, after his award-winning performance at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, it was reported that Emmanuel had trials at both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League.[3] While at Tottenham Emmanuel was even offered an extended stay.[3] However in 2011, after trialing at several clubs in Europe, Emmanuel signed for Italian Serie A side S.S. Lazio where he was immediately put into their Primavera side.[4] Then in 2012 it was announced that Emmanuel had signed for U.S. Salernitana 1919 of the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione on a co-owned basis from Lazio and on 9 September 2012 Emmanuel made his only appearance for the 4th tier Italian side against Chiete Calcio in which he came on in the 58th minute for Christian Chirieletti as Salernitana suffered a 4–1 defeat that day.[5]

FC Biel-Bienne (loan)[edit]

Then on 16 February 2013 it was announced that Emmanuel had signed with Swiss Challenge League side FC Biel-Bienne on loan for the rest of the season.[4] Emmanuel then made his debut for the club on 16 March 2013 against Wohlen in which he came on in the 72nd minute for Ramon Egli as Biel-Bienne lost the match 1–0.[6]

On 12 May 2013 Emmanuel scored his first professional goals in a league match against FC Wohlen in which he scored a hat-trick to lead Biel-Bienne to a 7–0 victory.[7] He then scored two more goals for Biel-Bienne on 30 May 2013 against FC Winterthur as the club 2–2.[8]

Beitar Jerusalem[edit]

In October 2014 Sani signed with Beitar Jerusalem.[9] 3 weeks later, after playing only 24 minutes for the club, Sani was released by Beitar Jerusalem, with the club stating that the coach is not excited by Sani and that he does not feature in future plans.[10]


Emmanuel rose the prominence during the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup which was hosted in his home country Nigeria. Emmanuel finished the tournament by winning the Golden Ball with 5 goals as he helped Nigeria to a runners-up finish behind Switzerland.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 31 October 2014[12]
Club Season League Domestic Cup League Cup UEFA Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
U.S. Salernitana 1919 (loan) 2012–13 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FC Biel-Bienne (loan) 2012–13 10 5 0 0 0 0 10 5
Beitar Jerusalem 2014–15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 12 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 5


  1. ^ Oshukeye, Shola. "SANI EMMANUEL’S TRIUMPH FROM TRAGEDY". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Unprecedented Boden history". Ostersunds FK. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Stammers, Steve. "Chelsea and Spurs in fight to land African starlet". Mirror Football. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Official: Sani Emmanuel Loaned To Bienne". All Nigeria Soccer. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "CHIETI VS. SALERNITANA 4 – 1". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "WOHLEN VS. BIEL-BIENNE 1 – 0". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "BIEL-BIENNE VS. WOHLEN 7 – 0". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "WINTERTHUR VS. BIEL-BIENNE 2 – 2". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Ben Ziv, Guy (21 October 2014). "Sani Emmanuel finalized with Beitar Jerusalem for a season" (in Hebrew). ONE. 
  10. ^ Ben Ziv, Guy (13 November 2014). "Sani Emmanuel released from Beitar, but will continue training" (in Hebrew). ONE. 
  11. ^ "Swiss take their place in history". FIFA. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Sani Emmanuel profile at Soccerway

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