Austin Ejide

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Austin Ejide
Personal information
Full name Augustine Amamchukwu Ejide
Date of birth (1984-04-08) 8 April 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Onitsha, Nigeria
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
none (free agent)
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Gabros International 100 (0)
2002–2006 Étoile Sportive du Sahel 120 (0)
2006–2009 SC Bastia 44 (0)
2009–2012 Hapoel Petah Tikva 57 (0)
2012–2015 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 94 (0)
National team
2001– Nigeria 31 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2014

Augustine "Austin" Amamchukwu Ejide (born 8 April 1984) is a Nigerian football goalkeeper. His name, Amamchukwu, means "Do I know God´s wish?".[1]

Born in Onitsha, Anambra State, Ejide has played for Gabros International and SC Bastia in Corsica, which competes in Ligue 2 of the French Football League. He played for Israeli Premier side Hapoel Be'er Sheva until May 2015, and is now a free agent.

Club career[edit]

Ejide started his career with Gabros International before joining Étoile du Sahel.[2] With the Tunisian club, he reached two CAF Champions League finals, losing both.[2] In 2006, Ejide joined SC Bastia of the French Ligue 2, where he spent three years before moving to Israeli team Hapoel Petah Tikva.[2] After the club's relegation, Ejide moved to Hapoel Be'er Sheva in 2012, where he played until the end of the 2014\2015 season.[2] Ejide left Be'er Sheva on a sour note, after a poor showing in the cup final while conceding 6 goals, many of which Ejide was blamed for by the local fans and media.

International career[edit]

Ejide made his debut for Nigeria against Namibia on 16 June 2001.[2] He has been named in three FIFA World Cup squads: 2002 in Japan and South Korea, 2010 in South Africa, and 2014 in Brazil.[2] He has also been a member of the Super Eagles' squad at five Africa Cup of Nations tournaments: 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013, winning the competition in the latter.[2] In 2013, he was selected for Nigeria's squad at the FIFA Confederations Cup.[3]

In the 2008, Africa Cup of Nations hosted in Ghana, Nigeria coach Berti Vogts selected Ejide as first choice goalkeeper, ahead of Vincent Enyeama, in all of Super Eagles' four matches.[2] On 21 January 2008, he played his first AFCON game as Nigeria lost 2–1 to Côte d'Ivoire in the first match of Group B. However, he kept clean sheets in Nigeria’s 0–0 draw with Mali and 2–0 win over Benin.

In a 2–2 friendly with Scotland, which had been marred by allegations of match fixing before kick-off, Ejide scored "one of the most bizarre own goals in international football history", which was ruled out due to a foul on him by Grant Hanley. The own goal occurred from a corner, Ejide leapt for the ball and appeared to push it into his own goal.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nigerian.name/w/index.php?title=Amamchukwu Meanining of Amamchukwu
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Austine EJIDE". FIFA. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Nigeria to take new-look squad to Confederations Cup". BBC Sport. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Peach, Simon and Bryant, Ben (29 May 2014). "Nigeria keeper in bizarre 'own goal'". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. pp. S5. 

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