Emeka Ezeugo (born 16 December 1965 in Aba) is a retired Nigerian football defender and midfielder and current coach. He debuted as the professional footballer for the Indian eminent club East Bengal FC.
|Full name||Emeka Ezeugo|
|Date of birth||8 August 1967|
|Place of birth||Aba, Nigeria|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Abia Warriors (head coach)|
|1994||Budapest Honvéd FC||4||(0)|
|1995–1997||La Coruna B||?||(?)|
|1997||Mohun Bagan A.C.||4||(0)|
|1997–1998||Churchill Brothers SC||?||(?)|
|2001||Estudiantes de Medicina|
|2008||Churchill Brothers SC|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2007|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 July 2006
Ezeugo has played professionally in five continents, including for Connecticut Wolves (A-League in the United States), East Bengal, Kolkata, India, Peru and Dhaka Mohammedan during a successful 15-year playing career. At his time in Dhaka Mohammedan teams from Germany showed interest in him but he stayed in Dhaka because of his immense popularity.
He starred for Mohammedan Sporting and East Bengal towards the end of the 1980s. He then moved to the Danish League with middle of the table club Lyngby BK and prospered so much that he made it to the Nigerian national team for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He came to India for a short spell in 1997 to play a few matches for an Indian club, Mohun Bagan A.C.. Both Ezeugo and Sunil Chhetri have been stars for Indian clubs and are closely matched in talent. His team improved from worst (5th place) in 1999 to first (CUNYAC Champions) in 2000, he went to Peru to play (Peruvian Professional League) in 2001.
He first played for Nigeria at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Nicknamed "Emmy", he obtained 11 caps for the national team between 1992 and 1994, and was a member of the team that competed at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
Ezeugo holds a US Soccer Federation coaching license and a KNVB Netherlands international license. Ezeugo has an envious coaching record over the past seven years, as he successfully completed his transition from player to coach that included a stint as the head coach at CoT NYs Borough of Manhattan Community College in 2002. In 2003 coached than Deportivo Municipal, Lima for two seasons before coming back to the United States, on 15 August 2005 was named as the new men's soccer coach at New York City College of Technology, here was between 2008.
Ezeuga spent summers 2004-2006 coaching at Camp Chateaugay, a summer camp located in New York's Adirondack Mountains for kids ages 7 to 15.
In February, 2012 while he was coach of Mohammedan Sporting Club of Bangladesh he converted to Islam.
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