||Elderson Uwa Echiéjilé
|Date of birth
20 January 1988 |
|Place of birth
||Benin City, Nigeria
||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
||Pepsi Football Academy
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:26, 23 June 2013 (UTC)
Elderson Uwa Echiéjilé (born 20 January 1988), simply known as Elderson, is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for S.C. Braga in Portugal, as a left defender.
Born in Benin City, Elderson began his senior career at Bendel Insurance FC. In August 2007 he was sold to Stade Rennais F.C. in France, playing his first Ligue 1 game on 23 December in a 0–0 draw at Toulouse FC; during his spell with the club, however, he appeared mostly for the reserve team.
On 16 June 2010 Elderson signed for Sporting de Braga from Portugal for €2,5 million, on a four-year contract. He scored on his official debut for the Minho club, netting from a corner kick in a 3–0 home win against Celtic for the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League (4–2 aggregate win).
Elderson was a member of the Nigerian U-20 team at the 2007 World Cup in Canada, playing five matches and scoring once. Having made his debuts for the senior side in 2009, he was picked for the following year's FIFA World Cup in South Africa, appearing in two group stage matches in an eventual group stage exit.
Elderson was called up to Nigeria's 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Also that year he was selected for the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, scoring in the group stage opener against Tahiti.
- Scores and results list Nigeria's goal tally first.