Bobsam Elejiko

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Bob Elejiko
Personal information
Full name Bobsam Elejiko
Date of birth (1981-08-18)18 August 1981
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Date of death 13 November 2011(2011-11-13) (aged 30)
Place of death Merksem, Belgium
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Stationary Stores
1999–2000 Málaga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Wacker Nordhausen
2001–2003 Turnhout 42 (0)
2003–2007 Westerlo 71 (2)
2007–2008 Royal Antwerp 32 (0)
2008 S.C. Beira-Mar
2009 Deinze
2009–2010 Red Star Waasland
2011 K. Merksem S.C.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:00, 18 August 2007 (UTC).

Bobsam 'Bob' Elejiko (18 August 1981 – 13 November 2011) was a Nigerian footballer. He played as a central defender for several domestic teams between 2000 and 2011 before his death on the field during a football match.

Football career[edit]

During his career, spent almost exclusively in Belgium, Elejiko represented FSV Wacker 90 Nordhausen, K.V. Turnhout, K.V.C. Westerlo, Royal Antwerp FC, S.C. Beira-Mar, K.M.S.K. Deinze, K.V. Red Star Waasland and K. Merksem S.C..

In 2008, he had trials with FC Carl Zeiss Jena,[1] Crewe Alexandra, Gillingham and RBC Roosendaal, but did not gain a contract with any club.


Elejiko collapsed while playing a fifth-tier match with his team K. Merksem S.C. against F.C. Kaart, a team from Merksem, Antwerp, on 13 November 2011.[2] Despite resuscitation attempts pitch side, Elejiko was pronounced dead and the match was abandoned. The cause was later determined to be a traumatic rupture of the aorta.[3]


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