Born on 10 May 1987, Emmanuel Chinenye Emenike is a Nigerian international professional footballer who spent most of his career days as a striker for Fenerbahçe.
The Nigerian striker who spent four scary nights in a Turkish cell after being accused of match-fixing by faking injury to deliberately miss a title-deciding game has faced a lot of ups and downs in his journey to fame.
Emmanuel Emenike has had to endure quite a lot in life. He has been shot at by a terrorist gunman, accused of having a fake passport. As a homeless man, he slept on a restaurant floor. He has been targeted by racists and had to deal with the trauma of a horrific car crash.
Emenike’s Football Career
Delta Force F.C Nigeria
Emmanuel Emenike started his football career with Delta Force in Nigeria. He had to trek to training and back, a walk which could take an hour and a half. Things were not so rosy for him as he was not getting paid at the time when the club was non-professional, in a low division and was denied funding by the government.
Mpumalanga Black Aces South Africa
Fortune later smiled on Emmanuel Emenike when he moved to South Africa where he earned his first salary as a player. He joined the South African National First Division team Mpumalanga Black aces in January 2008 and scored his first goal with the team in his debut match. In May 2008, he joined First Division team F.C. Cape Town.
The Loan Deal With Karabükspor
Emmanuel Emenike signed a one-year loan deal with Karabükspor in 2009, and went on to score 16 goals in the 1.Lig, leading the club to the title and automatic promotion.
At the end of the 2009-10 season, Emmanuel Emenike won the 1.Lig Best Foreign Player award, extending his contract by three years for 300.000 €.
The player engaged In a lawsuit brawl with a newspaper ‘Haber Turk’ in May, 2011, for what Emenike’s agents describe as a misleading and malicious claim that Emenike’s age is forged.
Fenerbahçe And Spartak Moscow
For an undisclosed fee believed to be around 9 million Euros, Emmanuel Emenike joined Fenerbahçe on 25 May 2011. However, on 28 July 2011, he was sold to Spartak Moscow for €10 million as a result of a match-fixing scandal involving Fenerbahce and Emmanuel Emenike.
Emenike was once fined about US$17,000 for an offensive gesture after Dynamo Moscow fans, who racially abused him during a match between Spartak and Dynamo.
During the 2012–13 season, Emenike broke record by scoring the fastest goal in the history of the Russian League, within 10 seconds of kick-off in a 2–1 win over Alania Vladikavkaz on the opening game of the season.
The Move Back To Fenerbahçe
In August 2013, Emmanuel Emenike moved back to Turkey by returning to Fenerbahçe for a fee worth around €13m (£10.2M).
He later signed for Al Ain on 11 July 2015 on a season-long loan and returned to Fenerbahçe after his loan move was terminated by the club. Also on 31 January 2016, Emmanuel Emenike signed for West Ham on loan until the end of the season with an option to make it permanent.
Emenike also played a significant role in the Nigerian national football team. In 2013, he became part of the third Nigerian team to win the African Cup of Nations – Nigeria’s first continental victory since 1994. He also received the Pepsi Tournament Top Scorer, with four goals, alongside Ghana’s Wakaso Mubarak.
He announced his retirement from the national team on October 20, 2015.
Most recently in 2016, Emmanuel Emenike confirmed that he is dating Iheoma Nnadi, Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2014. He did this while they were on vacation in Turkey.
His confirmation of the dating rumors sparked quite the interest since he had been linked with famous Nigerian celebrities but had never acknowledged any.