23 Oct 2015

Emmanuel Emenike, Biography, Career

Emmanuel Emenike
Emmanuel Emenike
Emmanuel Chineye Emenike was born on May 10, 1987 to Pa. Felix Emenike Ndukwu. Although he was born at Otuocha in Anambra State, He is an indigene of Umuaka in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State. He  is a footballer of international repute and a striker.
He began his career in professional football with Delta force in 2007. He had a difficult beginning as
he used to go on foot for his training way back.
After being with the Club for a year, he moved to Black Aces in 2008. While at Black Aces, he made seven appearances and scored three goals before moving to Cape Town for the 2008/2009 session.
At Cape Town, he was in the reserve squad, hence he sometimes came on the field as a substitute. Emmanuel Emenike appeared in Sixteen matches and scored a goal during the 2008/2009 season at Capetown.
In 2009 However, Emmanuel Emenike caught the eye of Karab├╝kspor. The club thereafter signed a three-year contract with the striker and he became an important part of the team. Between 2009 to 2011, he made 51 appearances and clinched 30 goals. It is worthy to note that, That was probably the most successful season in his playing career.

In 2011, Emmanuel Emenike moved to Fenerbah├že but immediately switched to Spartak Moscow for a fee of €10 million. During his two years stay at Spartak, Emmanuel Emenike made a total of Forty Two appearances and scored Twenty One goals.

In the summer of 2013, Emmanuel Emenike moved back to his former Turkish club.
He is one of the Footballers in the Nigeria’s national team. He got his first goal in the friendly match his team had against Argentina on June 1, 2011.

In 2013, he was given a national award by the then President of Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan.

In May 2015, his dad Pa. Felix Emenike Ndukwu passed on.

In July, 2015, in an interview with African football.com, The Fenerbahce striker, Emmanuel Emenike was upset with his coach especially for ‘leaking’ his personal information to the media. According to the striker, he was missing on Saturday morning when others ate breakfast and when his coach asked him why he was not there to join others, he simply said he was fasting. Emenike was upset that his coach mistook his fasting for being a Muslim one and wondered why he had to give the press a wrong perception of his fast. He however disclosed to the press today that though he missed his breakfast at the club because he was fasting, what he observed was a Christian fast, and not the on-going Muslim fast. What he said;

“The report that I am now a Muslim is absolute rubbish and false. I want the source of the news to re-address it. I have no reason to convert to Islam even though I have lots of Muslim friends. Is there any big deal observing fasting during the (Muslim) fasting period?” he asked rhetorically.

“I am very disappointed seeing the news going viral because it is something I told my coach in our conversation when he asked me a question and never said I have become a Muslim. Fasting is not what everybody should know that you are doing and it’s very sad seeing this in the media.”

“I am Catholic, a strong one for that matter, and I came from Christian home. I don’t discriminate against anybody and I believe we are all equal in the presence of God, so what is the big deal in fasting? Does he know how many time I fast to get closer to God before the fasting periods? It’s really sad because I don’t see it as a big deal,”

In October, 2015, the Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Emenike, announced that he was retiring from the national team after five years.
He wrote on Instagram on Monday night, “No more Eagles career! After five great years, I am happy to announce that I have put full-stop to my national team career for the sake of national peace.”
“It’s a pleasure for me to have played for this great country. I never regretted it and I think it’s the best time to end it. Million thanks to all the fans who have been very supportive during the good and bad times.
“I am very proud of my performance, I am proud of my team mates and I am very proud of the nation called ‘Nigeria’. My AFCON gold medal is a sign of great achievement, My AFCON topscorer award speaks a lot about my commitment and dedication to the team. Super Eagles is a camp not a family house, and it shouldn’t be a threat zone for any individual.
“I have done according to our national anthem. “All my dreams came true in the national team, I dream't to win Nations Cup for Nigeria after 20-years, I dream't to played at the World Cup as well as to make a name for myself… In the space of five years, I got them. I’m a winner!
“For every disappointing fans, maybe due to my inability to re-establish my goal scoring instinct for Super Eagles, I will like to say I’m sorry but the ones I had scored counted well for the team.
”As long as Nigeria remains, you and I will always remember the name ‘Emenike’. “Finally, I am happy to make a bow and continue supporting the team every time.”

It is worthy to note that Emmanuel Emenike played 35 times for the Super Eagles and scored 16 goals.

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