Posted by: westafricanfootball | 10/10/2010

BRIGHT EJIKE

One of the oldest tricks in the book of football is to pair up a big, strong striker with a small quick striker. It is fair to say that Sharks FC of Port Harcourt in the Nigeria Premier League was saved from relegation because of such an effective pair – comprising of the experienced tank-forward Victor Ezeji and arguably one of the most exciting prospects in Nigerian football – youngster Bright Ejike.

Bright Ejike scored 7 goals during the 2009-2010 Nigeria Premier League, which was his first season at the highest level in Nigerian football.

Ejike started his professional career at Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt – the local rivals of Sharks FC. I am able to document one league goal (second level in Nigeria) for Dolphins during the 2008-2009 season. According to sources I find reliable, Ejike was actually discovered by Dolphins thanks to a “Football talents show”, co-ordinated by former England-striker John Fashanu. The goal of the talent show was to discover hidden talents from the grassroots and develop football culture in Nigeria.

Dolphins FC was promoted to the Premier League after the 2008-2009 season but bigger clubs had already discovered the talents of Bright Ejike. He was signed by Nigeria’s biggest club, Enyimba FC, before the 2009-2010 season and participated for his new club during the so-called “GLO Super Four-tournament”, where Enyimba was competing against top clubs Bayelsa United FC, Heartland FC and Warri Wolves FC. A rather brutal first experience of the top level in Nigeria for Ejike. Nevertheless, Ejike was impressive and managed to score against Heartland FC, coming on as a substitute.

To secure playing time, Ejike was loaned out to Sharks FC for the 2009-2010 season and at the time of writing it is uncertain which club he will play for during 2010-2011. According to reliable blog http://naijaligue.blogspot.com, Ejike could be heading for Enugu Rangers FC, Heartland FC or Kwara United FC.

Bright Ejike is a rather small, strong and well-built striker who is mostly known for his pace. He is left-footed and can also play as a winger.

I have not found a date of birth of Bright Ejike, but he was recently picked for Nigeria U-20 for their “Orange African Youth Championship”-qualifier against Mauritius. Ejike played alongside brilliant strikers such as Stanley Okoro (Almeira) and Ahmadu Musa (Kano Pillars / VVV Venlo – last season’s top goalscorer in the Nigeria Premier League) and managed to score one of the goals in the 2-0 victory. The U-20 side of Nigeria, the so-called Flying Eagles, is a team of great quality and my guess is that Bright Ejike will soon catch the eye of scouts all over the world.


Responses

  1. Continue promoting old men! Do you want me to believe that Ejike is not at least 27 years old. You can’t cheat nature!!

  2. Dat a gud one dude. Is quiet unfutunate that u have little idea abt bright ejieke well his ma brother. Was surfing the web nd i saw dis, gud job keep rocking. Drill more for info

  3. Good job guys. Try to give us pictures too


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