Elderson Echiéjilé

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Elderson Echiéjilé
Personal information
Full name Elderson Uwa Echiéjilé[1]
Date of birth (1988-01-20) 20 January 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Benin City, Nigeria
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Sporting Gijón
(on loan from Monaco)
Number 12
Youth career
Pepsi Football Academy
2001–2004 Wikki Tourists
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Bendel Insurance 35 (0)
2007–2010 Rennes 19 (0)
2010–2014 Braga 73 (5)
2012 Braga B 1 (0)
2014 Monaco B 1 (0)
2014– Monaco 37 (1)
2016–2017 Standard Liège (loan) 6 (0)
2017– Sporting Gijón (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2007 Nigeria U20 8 (1)
2009– Nigeria 52 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 November 2016

Elderson Uwa Echiéjilé (born 20 January 1988) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Sporting de Gijón on loan from AS Monaco FC as a left back.

He began his career at Bendel Insurance and moved to Europe in 2007, joining Rennes where he was mainly a reserve. He spent four seasons in Portugal's top flight with Braga before returning to France to join Monaco in 2014.

A full international for Nigeria since 2009, Echiéjilé played at two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, winning the 2013 edition, and also played at the 2010 World Cup.

Club career[edit]


Born in Benin City, Echiéjilé 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.[2]


On 16 June 2010, Echiéjilé signed for S.C. Braga from Portugal for 2.5 million, on a four-year contract.[3] He scored on his official debut for the 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).[4]

Echiéjilé played his first game in the Primeira Liga on 13 August 2010, featuring the full 90 minutes in a 3–1 home success over Portimonense SC. He was an unused substitute in the 2011 UEFA Europa League Final, lost 0–1 to compatriots FC Porto at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin;[5] additionally, he scored four goals in 26 matches in his second year, helping the Minho side finish in third position.


On 17 January 2014, Echiéjilé returned to France and its top flight after penning a four-and-a-half-year deal with AS Monaco FC.[6] He scored his first goal for the team on 31 October, opening a 1–1 home draw with Stade de Reims.[7]

On 31 August 2016, Echiéjilé joined Belgian club Standard Liège on a season-long loan deal.[8] Late into the following transfer window, he left for Spain with Sporting de Gijón also in a temporary deal.[9]

International career[edit]

Echiéjilé was a member of the Nigerian under-20 team at the 2007 FIFA 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.[10]

Echiéjilé was called up to Nigeria's 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations,[11] scoring the first in a 4–1 semi-final win over Mali[12] as the nation went on to win the tournament. Also that year he was selected for the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil,[13] scoring in the group stage opener against Tahiti.[14]

Echiéjilé was included in Stephen Keshi's list for the 2014 World Cup, but sustained an injury in a warm-up game against Greece[15] and was replaced by Ejike Uzoenyi.

International goals[edit]

As of 17 June 2013

Scores and results list Nigeria's goal tally first.

No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 February 2013 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa  Mali 1–0 4–1 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
2. 17 June 2013 Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil  Tahiti 6–1 6–1 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup






  1. ^ "Nigeria" (PDF). FIFA.com. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Elderson Echiejile" (in French). Stade Rennais Online. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Il Braga si assicura Echiéjilé (Braga secures Echéjilé); UEFA.com, 16 June 2010 (Italian)
  4. ^ Braga bow leaves Celtic reeling; UEFA.com, 28 July 2010
  5. ^ Atkin, John (18 May 2011). "Falcao heads Porto to Europa League glory". UEFA.com. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (17 January 2014). "Nigeria defender Elderson Echiejile joins Monaco". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ligue 1: Monaco held 1–1 by Reims and miss chance to return to top four". Sky Sports. 1 November 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Elderson Uwa Echiéjilé rejoint Les Rouches" [Elderson Uwa Echiéjilé joins The Reds] (in French). Standard Liège. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Elderson cedido por el Mónaco hasta final de temporada" [Elderson loaned by Monaco until the end of the season] (in Spanish). Sporting Gijón. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  10. ^ Uwa EldersonFIFA competition record
  11. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (10 January 2013). "Nations Cup 2013: Nigeria pick six locally-based players". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  12. ^ Fottrell, Stephen (6 February 2013). "Mali 1–4 Nigeria". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Nigeria to take new-look squad to Confederations Cup". BBC Sport. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Nigeria ease to victory as Tahiti win friends". FIFA.com. 17 June 2013. Archived from the original on 20 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Nigeria's Elderson Echijiele out with injury". BBC Sport. 7 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "U. Echiejile – Matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 

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