Posted by: westafricanfootball | 17/05/2012

UGONNA EZENWAKA

Ocean Boys FC is currently fighting hard to avoid relegation from the Nigeria Premier League 2012. It has been a poor season for the club, based in the city of Brass in Southern Nigeria, but midfielder Ugonna Ezenwaka has been able to shine in his first ever season at top level. At the time of writing, Ezenwaka is arguably one of the most exciting prospects in the league.

Apparently, Ezenwaka started his career at amateur clubs Fame FC and Anambra United FC. Ezenwaka starred for 36 Lion FC during the season 2010-2011. 36 Lion FC, currently playing at second level of Nigerian football, is based in Lagos, the most populous city in Nigeria. In October and November 2011, Ezenwaka was part of the Nigeria U-23 national football team.

Ezenwaka joined Ocean Boys FC, the 2006 league champions, before the Nigeria Premier League 2012. Ezenwaka made an immediate impact and he is currently an important member of the team, already having two league goals to his name.

In April 2012, Ezenwaka was named in the squad of the Nigeria U-20 national football team.

Earlier this month, Ezenwaka scored a free-kick goal when Nigeria U-20 played a 1-1 draw against the Nigeria B national football team in a friendly match. On 16.05.2012, Ezenwaka scored yet again from a free-kick when Nigeria U-20 played a 1-1 draw against Lobi Stars FC in another friendly match. Ezenwaka will most likely star for Nigeria U-20 during a friendly tournament in Cape Town, South Africa, later this month.

According to www.36lionfc.com, Ezenwaka is born 18.01.1992. In other words, Ezenwaka has already turned 20 and 2012 is most likely the last year he is qualified to play for Nigeria U-20. According to the same source, Ezenwaka is 178 centimeters and 78 kilos. At the webpage, he is described as a “powerful and strong midfielder” who us “very aggressive on the field” and plays “with great effectiveness”.

Ezenwaka has also been described as a hard-working player who can play both as a defensive midfielder or an attacking midfielder. I believe Ezenwaka is more of a fighter and a “workhorse” than a “playmaker” kind of player. He is obviously an expert from set-pieces, apparently using his right-foot. At the time of writing, Ezenwaka is rather unknown outside of Nigeria but I expect that to change sooner rather than later. His versatility and his eye for a goal should make him attractive for foreign scouts.

Ezenwaka has a Facebook-profile: http://www.facebook.com/ugonna.ezenwaka.


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