Bright Enobakhare

Bright Enobakhare (born 18 May 1998) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for SC East Bengal in the Indian Super League.

Bright Enobakhare
Personal information
Full name Bright Enobakhare[1]
Date of birth (1998-02-08) 8 February 1998 (age 23)
Place of birth Benin City, Nigeria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Centre-forward / Second striker
Club information
Current team
East Bengal
Number 10
Youth career
2013–2014 Northfield Town
2014–2015 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers 41 (1)
2018Kilmarnock (loan) 6 (0)
2019Coventry City (loan) 18 (6)
2019Wigan Athletic (loan) 2 (0)
2020 AEK Athens 1 (1)
2021– East Bengal 12 (3)
National team
2019– Nigeria U23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:47, 27 February 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2019 (UTC)

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Having moved from his native Nigeria to Birmingham, England aged 15, Enobakhare started playing for Northfield Town Juniors where he was part of the team who won the Birmingham Minor Cup in 2014, scoring two goals for Northfield Town as they beat Rugby Town 3–1 at Villa Park.[2] Following his success Enobakhare had trials at several clubs before joining the academy system at Wolverhampton Wanderers.[3]

Wolverhampton WanderersEdit

In the summer of 2015, Enobakhare signed his first professional contract with Wolverhampton Wanderers, scoring in a 3–2 friendly win over Chambly on his debut.[4] He scored the winner in a 4–3 friendly win over Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium on 2 August.[5] Four days later, manager Kenny Jackett stated that Enobakhare was going to play in the first team during the upcoming season, due to a shortage of other forwards.[6]

On 11 August 2015, Enobakhare was first included in Wolves' matchday squad, remaining an unused substitute in their 2–1 win over Newport County in the first round of the League Cup.[7] Two weeks later in the next round, he was given his debut as a starter, and scored within the first three minutes when set up by Adam Le Fondre.[8] On 29 September, he played his first game in The Football League, replacing Le Fondre for the final seven minutes of a 3–0 Championship win at Fulham.[9] Enobakhare scored his first league goal for Wolves in a 2–1 home win against Barnsley on 23 September 2017[10] after replacing Ivan Cavaleiro in the 65th minute.

On 31 August 2018, Enobakhare was loaned to Scottish Premiership club Kilmarnock until the new year,[11] when he moved to League One side Coventry City on loan for the remainder of the season.[12]

On 8 August 2019, Enobakhare joined Championship club Wigan Athletic on loan for the season.[13] He played an EFL Cup game and two league matches as a substitute, trained with their youth team for several months and returned to Wolves prematurely in January.[14]

On 14 May 2020, Enobakhare left Wolves by a mutual agreement after a total of 49 first team appearances and 3 goals for his parent club.[15]

AEK AthensEdit

On 20 June 2020, AEK Athens officially announced the acquisition of Enobakhare on a three-year deal, on a free transfer.[16] On 27 September 2020, he scored his first goal for the club on his debut against Lamia after coming on as a substitute 8 minutes earlier.[17] On 5 October 2020, Enobakhare mutually solved his contract with the club just a few months after reaching an agreement with them. He played just 14 minutes in the Greek Super League, in the match against Lamia.[18]

SC East BengalEdit

On 1 January 2021, Enobakhare joined Indian Super League side SC East Bengal for the remainder of 2020–21 Indian Super League season.[19] On 3rd January 2021, he made his debut for the club and scored his first goal in the same match and his team won their match. The very next match Enobakhare scored an spectacular solo goal to help his team getting a point. He assisted Scott Neville for a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Kerala Blasters.

Career statisticsEdit

As of 27 February 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2015–16[20] Championship 7 0 0 0 2 1 9 1
2016–17[21] 13 0 1 0 0 0 14 1
2017–18[22] 21 1 2 0 3 1 26 2
2018–19[23] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019–20[24] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 41 1 3 0 5 2 49 3
Kilmarnock (loan) 2018–19[23] Scottish Premiership 6 0 6 0
Coventry City (loan) 2018–19[23] League One 18 6 18 6
Wigan Athletic (loan) 2019–20[24] Championship 2 0 1 0 3 0
AEK Athens 2020–21[25] Superleague Greece 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
East Bengal 2020–21[25] Indian Super League 12 3 0 0 12 3
Career totals 80 11 3 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 89 13

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Wolverhampton Wanderers

IndividualEdit

  • Coventry City young player award: 2018–19
  • ISL Fans' Goal of the week (2): Week 10, Week 19, 2021

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "EFL: Club list of registered players" (PDF). English Football League. 20 May 2017. p. 41. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Birmingham County F.A Minor Cup 2014". Birmingham County F.A. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Bright future secured!". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 17 July 2015. Archived from the original on 17 July 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Bright Enobakhare signs new Wolves deal". Express & Star. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Bright Enobakhare rated ready for Wolves". Express & Star. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Bright Enobakhare has a place at Wolves". Express & Star. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  7. ^ Campbell, Darren (11 August 2015). "Wolves 2 Newport 1: Match report with pictures – Wolves escape cup shock". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  8. ^ Dodd, Christopher (25 August 2015). "Half-Time Report: Bright Enobakhare gives Wolverhampton Wanderers half-time lead". Sports Mole. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Fulham 0–3 Wolves". BBC Sport. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Wolves 2–1 Barnsley". BBC Sport. 23 September 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  11. ^ Brassington, Jamie (31 August 2018). "Wolves winger Bright Enobakhare joins Kilmarnock on loan". Express & Star. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Bright Enobakhare Joins Sky Blues on Loan". Coventry City F.C. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  13. ^ "BRIGHT ENOBAKHARE SIGNS FOR LATICS ON A SEASON-LONG LOAN FROM WOLVES". www.wiganathletic.com. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  14. ^ Edwards, Joe (2 January 2020). "Bright Enobakhare back at Wolves earlier than planned". Express & Star. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Enobakhare makes Wolves departure". Wolves. 14 May 2020. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  16. ^ "ΑΕΚ: Ανακοίνωσε τον Ενομπακάρε". www.sport24.gr. 20 June 2020.
  17. ^ "ΑΕΚ - Λαμία 3-0: Με λάμψη Μαχαίρα το "2 στα 2" στο πρωτάθλημα". www.sport24.gr. 27 September 2020.
  18. ^ "Επίσημα παρελθόν από την ΑΕΚ ο Μπράιτ Ενομπακάρε". www.sport24.gr. 5 October 2020.
  19. ^ "SC East Bengal sign promising Nigerian forward Bright Enobakhare". sceastbengal.co. 1 January 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  20. ^ "Games played by Bright Enobakhare in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  21. ^ "Games played by Bright Enobakhare in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  22. ^ "Games played by Bright Enobakhare in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  23. ^ a b c "Games played by Bright Enobakhare in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  24. ^ a b "Games played by Bright Enobakhare in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  25. ^ a b "Games played by Bright Enobakhare in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  26. ^ Anderson, John, ed. (2018). Football Yearbook 2018–2019. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 386–387. ISBN 978-1-4722-6106-9.

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