Ejike Uzoenyi

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Ejike Uzoenyi
Entrainement SRFC St-Malo 2013 (71bis).jpg
Uzoenyi with Rennes in 2013
Personal information
Full name Christantus Ejike Uzoenyi
Date of birth (1988-03-23) 23 March 1988 (age 32)[1]
Place of birth Aba, Nigeria
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position(s) Left winger
Club information
Current team
Zvijezda 09
Number 16
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Enyimba
2008–2014 Rangers International
2013Rennes (loan) 1 (0)
2013Rennes II (loan) 3 (0)
2014–2017 Mamelodi Sundowns 5 (0)
2014Rangers International (loan)
2017 Bidvest Wits 2 (1)
2017 Ajax Cape Town 4 (0)
2020– Zvijezda 09 2 (0)
National team
2012–2014 Nigeria 12 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 March 2020

Christantus Ejike Uzoenyi (born 23 March 1988) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a left winger for Bosnian Premier League club Zvijezda 09.

Club career[edit]

Uzoenyi has played club football in Nigeria and France for Enyimba, Rangers International and Rennes.[1][2][3][4] On 20 February 2014, he signed for South African club Mamelodi Sundowns; he will remain with Enugu Rangers on loan before moving to South Africa in June 2014.[5][6] On 15 February 2017, Uzoenyi signed with South African club Bidvest Wits.[4] He then joined Ajax Cape Town. Uzoenyi parted ways with Ajax Cape Town in December 2017.[7]

On 28 February 2020, Uzoenyi returned to football and signed a contract with Bosnian Premier League club Zvijezda 09.[8] He made his official debut for Zvijezda 09 in a 3–0 defeat against Željezničar on 29 February 2020.[9]

International career[edit]

Uzoenyi made his international debut for Nigeria in 2012,[1] and has appeared in FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.[10] He was called up to Nigeria's 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.[11] He was named to Nigeria's squad for the 2014 African Nations Championship[12] and was selected the most valuable player of the tournament.[13]

Uzoenyi was also named in the provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup,[14] making the final squad after Uwa Echiejile was excluded by injury.[15][16]

Honours[edit]

Enyimba[4]

Mamelodi Sundowns[4]

Bidvest Wits[4]

Nigeria[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ejike Uzoenyi". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Entretien avec Pierre Dréossi". staderennais.com. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Ejike Uzoenyi". footballdatabase.eu. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Ejike Uzoenyi at Soccerway. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  5. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (22 February 2014). "Mamelodi Sundowns agree deal for Nigeria's Ejike Uzoenyi". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Sundowns complete Ejike deal". Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. 20 February 2014. Archived from the original on 24 February 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  7. ^ Ajax Cape Town snatch up Zimbabwean midfielder Gerald Takwara‚ goal.com, 15 December 2017
  8. ^ N.K. (28 February 2020). "Zvijezda 09 dovela Uzoenyija, Nigerijca koji je igrao na Mundijalu protiv Zmajeva" (in Bosnian). Klix.ba. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  9. ^ N.K. (29 February 2020). "Željezničar uvjerljivo savladao Zvijezdu 09 i bodovno se izjednačio sa Sarajevom" (in Bosnian). Klix.ba. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  10. ^ Ejike UzoenyiFIFA competition record
  11. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (10 January 2013). "Nations Cup 2013: Nigeria pick six locally-based players". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  12. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (1 January 2014). "Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi names weakened CHAN Squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  13. ^ Shina Oludare (1 February 2014). "Ejike Uzoenyi named CHAN's best player". Goal.com. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  14. ^ "World Cup 2014: Peter Odemwingie in provisional Nigeria squad". BBC Sport. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  15. ^ "World Cup 2014: Nigeria's Elderson Echiejile out with injury". BBC Sport. 7 June 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  16. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (13 June 2014). "World Cup 2014: Nigeria's Uzoenyi revels in second chance". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 June 2014.