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Ezenwa In Search Of New Club After Failed Kastina United Move

Ezenwa In Search Of New Club After Failed  Kastina United Move

Super Eagles goalkeeper,  Ikechukwu Ezenwa, is still in search of a new club after a move to Nigeria Professional Football League club, Kastina United failed to materialise,  reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Ezenwa left Enyimba at the end of last season following the expiration of his one-year contract with the club.

The experienced goalkeeper struggled to secure regular playing time at the two – time African champions where he was third choice behind the duo of Fatau Dauda and Theophilus Afelokhai.

That didn’t stop him from earning regular call-ups to the Super Eagles despite constant criticisms against his selection.

He was part of the team to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and qualifiers for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Enyimba international will receive $118,860 (N43,205,610) each from FIFA through the Nigeria Football Federation being their entitlement from the world football governing body’s profit-sharing deal with clubs whose players featured at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Ezenwa featured for both FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Enyimba FC at different periods that covered the 2018 World Cup qualification and the final tournament in Russia proper.

Talks over a move to Kastina United where he is certain to be the number one choice goalkeeper have now broken down over his salary.

Ezenwa demand of N700, 000 a week CSN learnt has put paid to the move and the Changi Boys have now settled for Niger Republic international,  Kassaly Daouda.

He will now look to secure a move elsewhere in order not to lose his place in the national team.

Ezenwa has featured for top Nigerian clubs like defunct Ocean Boys,  Sunshine Stars and FC IfeanyiUbah.

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

    Ezenwa no Nigerian team can pay that amount in a month talk less of a week for a goal keeper. Gently go abroad you have the technique and flexibility if you had a proper manager or sound education you’ll not find it difficult getting a good club abroad like Vincent did! Once again NFF educate our home base players by adding Football Education and Seminars to their respective club time table or Football season calendar. This will help in their general development in decision making!

    • Jones 2 years ago

      You clearly know nothing about npfl clubs. Yes some players earn over 700k a month. Mfon udoh,rabiu Ali etc.

      • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

        Take note GK always read well once again before you boom!

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 2 years ago

    Hay man, l am hoping you will not prize yourself out of the Nigeria home market on short term basis. Get an Agent immediately to jump start your marketingbility in foreign Countries, particularly in Europe and Asia. Even Vincent went to Israel first. Hope you are educated enough to understand the Soccer Marketing Concepts to enable you navigate its phenomenon as soon as possible before the Coach Rohr starts to develop cool feet about your worthlessness in the National team.

  • He was making N600k at Ifeanyi Ubah before moving to Eyimba in 2017. Funny enough, there are quite a few players earning more than him.

    HOWEVER!! He needs to be value for money. I would expect him to be the undisputed number one keeper in the land to be the highest earning goal keeper (which he was before leaving IUbah FC).

    Given his circumstances, dropped to second or third choice in his club and dropped to second or third choice for the Super Eagles, I would also not be surprised if nobody wanted to pay those wages.

    He needs a team that will guarantee playing time in order for him to build up his profile again. Whether this is within Nigeria or in a “decent league” outside, he needs to choose carefully now. And choose based on footballing reasons, as long as he can afford his bills

  • Dude simply doesn’t have a good or smart enough agent. Though admittedly, it’s never easy for African goalkeepers to get a good deal outside their home or an African league.

    Funny, Ezenwa was picked ahead of Afelokhai for the last SA game, yet he’s not even next to Afelokhai in the pecking order at Enyimba. Wonder what Rohr sees that Abdallah doesn’t.

    One would have expected that with all of Ezenwa’s exploits in the shirts of the SE, he would have secured a move to a club in SA, Tunisia, Egypt, Morroco, Israel, Saudi Arabia etc at least where he can be guaranteed an equivalent of N1m and above weekly. From there, perhaps he can make his way to a second-tier league club in Europe and then gradually sail up the career ladder.

    Present and past colleagues like Ikeme, Akpeyi, Enyeama and Aiyenugba should be able to help out with recommendations too. Sometimes, coaches seek their opinions in their areas of expertise and experience. In any case, Ezenwa should find a new, more enterprising agent before Rohr starts to think differently.

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      Eish…..at the age of 30+ I doubt any team overseas will be willing to invest money on him. Who does that…? Ezenwa was part of the NPFL select side that went on a tour of Spain 2 seasons ago. He shined brightly in the games he played and attracted the interest of clubs like cadiz and tenerife. I dont know what went wrong but the deals were scuppered. That was where ezenwa lost it. I am very sure money issues scuppered any deal from materializing. I think ezenwa should put money issues behind him if he wants to play in europe bcos teams nowadays dont invest in aging goalkeepers no matter how good they are. Arsenal bought a 30yr old Petr cech a few seasons ago, now theyve had to buy 2 goalkeepers thereafter. Most teams are investing in young goalkeepers, bcos they know they will last longer, even if they might be sloppy initially…chelsea did it with courtois and now with arrizabalaga. Man U are reaping the fruits of investing in De gea now, City has followed suit too with ederson, barca bought young Cillisen and Ter stegen a few seasons ago, now they dont have to worry about goal keeping for at least another 7 seasons. G.Rohr is trying to do the same thing with Uzoho in the national team, even though some arrogantly blind few are wailing about it, but we will all see the benefits in 1 or 2 years from now.
      Ezenwa should choose between making money or playing in europe. If he wants to make money, he should follow the footsteps of Okeimute Odah and go to saudi arabia. If he wants to play in europe, he should be ready to play for little money in a second grade league. The choice remains his to make

      • That’s true @Dr. Drey. In a career, sometimes being able to recognize the right time and opportunity — even if they come disguised in small gift wraps — is more important than skills and experience. If the deal with the lower cadre Spanish club failed cos Ezenwa prioritized money, then he may have missed a golden opportunity.

        It’s just like Dele Ajoboye who had a chance to sign for Pontevedra in the Spanish second division in 2011, but because he believed Nigeria would qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, he decided to ignore the offer as he thought he’d get a bigger club after the Olympics. Sadly, Nigeria didn’t even qualify and the deal collapsed. He said that’s the biggest regret of his life.

        Unlike African strikers and midfielders who more easily get good foreign contracts, it’s harder for African goalkeepers. But then a Nigerian goalkeeper in the English Championship or Spanish Segunda Division, for example, is almost a sure banker for an SE shirt, but no such guarantees for players in other positions.

        One thing you have to give to Rohr is that he’s continuously on the lookout, and if Ezenwa is even beginning to consider Katsina United, then his place in Afcon 2019 may be shaky and maybe his days in the SE numbered.

      • Truth is N790k per month equates to between £1,500 per month and £1,600. He could make more than this playin for a third division club in Europe.

        Average salaries in England are:
        Championship £195k per year (N7.4m per month)
        League one £68k (N2.6m per month)
        League two (third tier) £49.6k (N1.9m per month)

        So he could triple his salary if he went to a division three club in England or a division two or one club in Somewhere like Hungary, Bulgaria or Moldova even. Doesn’t have to be in a proper footballing nation 

        • N700k not N790k

          The figures quoted above are over 10 years old.

          Katsina United have scuppered the deal. I think he should swallow his pride and understand that he has had his run in the SE and to go with the money.

          He has been adequate in the SE and the best he can hope for at 30 is to find a decent club in Nigeria or a lower division club elsewhere.

          As for the SE, there are younger keepers just as good and who will be improving: David Nwolokor, Sebastian Osigwe.

          In addition, for the SE we have Uzoho, Akpeyi and now Afelokhai all playing regularly for their clubs.

  • Ezenwa’s key numbers:

    Number 3: In the pecking order for his club up until his recent departure.

    Number 2: In the pecking order for the Super Eagles after Akpeyi’s blunder against Argentina all but relegated the Chippa United chap to number 3.

    Number 1: For the Super Eagles during key world cup qualifiers against Cameroon and Zambia perior to the unveiling of Uzoho.

    Number 0: In the books of no club as he is currently unemployed; for a goal keeper who is number 2 for his country, he better secures gainful employment quick!