Ikechukwu Ezenwa Biography, Salary, Net Worth, Wife, House, Cars
Ikechukwu Ezenwa is a Nigerian footballer who currently plays for Kastina United F.C. as a goalkeeper.
He was born in Yenagoa Bayelsa State, Nigeria, on the 16th of October 1988 to Mr. and Mrs. Ezenwa.
As a player, Ikechukwu has enjoyed European Bliss after being the number one goalie for the Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup.
His grass to grace story as a Nigeria homegrown footballer is one that many upcoming Nigeria goalkeeper prospects will find inspiring and love to follow.
This Biography will discuss Ikechukwu’s life and his success as a goalkeeper.
Ikechukwu Ezenwa Biography
Family and Career
Ikechukwu grew up alongside his younger brother.
Their father, Mr. Ezenwa, was a former footballer who really didn’t find a lot of success playing.
The Ezenwa’s are Christians and worship in the Roman Catholic church.
Ikechukwu was dedicated to the catholic mission and served in the church as an altar boy in his younger years.
At that stage of his life, his parents wanted him to study and get a white-collar job.
Ikechukwu’s father, Mr. Ezenwa, who is now deceased, was particularly adamant about him getting a normal and was against his interest in football.
His dad did everything to discourage him and even threatened him to abandon his football dreams while he was alive. His motivation for his stance was because he really didn’t excel as a player, and his son may also go through such due to the football reputation of Nigeria.
Nevertheless, Ikechwukwu was dedicated to pursuing a career as a footballer and would regularly play with neighborhood kids.
Ikechukwu’s football career got its first kickoff as a goalkeeper when he signed with ocean boys before he joined Heartland F.C. in 2008.
In 2016 he joined IfeanyiUbah’s club, and in 2017 he moved to Enyimba FC. On the 1st of January 2019, he joined Kastina United F.C.
Ikechukwu excelled naturally in the Nigerian Premier League, and he was a recognizable name among the league and even considered as the best homegrown goalie. Ikechukwu got his first international recognition after he was named among the Nigerian under-23 team squad in the qualifiers game in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
His performances were recognized by the senior National Team Coach Sunday Oliseh, and after a series of consistent performances, he finally earned a call-up by the head coach to join the Super Eagles.
Ikechukwu continued to impress in training and was rewarded with the first choice goalkeeper position by Sunday Olisehfollowing Carl Ikeme’s poor health.
After Oliseh’s contract termination and the signing of German established manager, Gernot Rohr, Ikechukwu retained his position as the number one choice.
However, this decision was partly due to Carl Ikeme being diagnosed with Leukaemia and retiring from the national team.
In preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Ikechukwu was naturally selected by Gernot Rohr as the first choice national goalie in a Nigerian 30-man squad to play in the qualifiers that would cement their place in Russia.
The Nigeria World Cup Qualifiers group was billed the group of death as it featured powerhouses such as Algeria and Cameroon.
The third participant was Zambia, who wasn’t exactly highly rated.
Analysts predicted that Algeria and Cameroon would come out on top, with Algeria qualifying for the world cup.
Nigeria and Zambia were expected to finish third and fourth, respectively.
However, the opposite of the prediction came through as Nigeria finished the group as winners and rounded up all the matches without a loss.
Zambia came second, and Algeria and Tunisia finished at the last two positions.
Ikechukwu impressed greatly during the qualifiers and was a composed figure in all the matches.
He was extremely impressive in the match between the Super Eagles and Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions, with his goalkeeping performance termed outstanding by Nigeria Media.
Ikechukwu has represented Nigeria 21 times. He represented the country thrice in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
He featured six times in 2017 and managed his highest appearance of seven in 2018. He had only two appearances in 2019, which was the last time he represented the super Eagles.
Ikechukwu is still very active as a footballer. He still plays with Kastina United F.C. he has cited former Sunshine Stars Coach Daramola Nicholas Akinsehinwa as his favorite goalkeepers.
He stated that his (Ikechukwu) time with Sunshine Stars F.C was one of the turning points in his career as Nicholas guided him and impacted his career positively.
Ikechukwu is happily married and seems very happy with marital bliss. He is always keen to flaunt his family on social media every time he has the chance.
He also tends to dedicate lovely messages to his wife occasionally. He and his wife AmakaEzenwa tied the knot in 2013, and the couple welcomed their twin boys Michael and Vincent on the 17th of May 2014.
They had their third child who was also a boy on the 20th of July 2016.
Cars and Houses
Ikechukwu seems to have many things going well for him, especially given that he plays in the Nigeria Premier Football League, which isn’t as highly rated as other global European Leagues. Ikechukwu seems to have a car as he has shared posts of himself with a Toyota V6 4runner on social media.
He also shared a picture of himself and his family inside a car, but we do not know if it is different or the same Toyota V6 4runner.
In terms of property, we do not know how many hoses or landed properties that the Kastina United F.C. goalie has.
While he has regularly shared pictures of himself and his sons inside a house, it isn’t clear if it is rented or owned.
Also, there is no clear description of where the house is based and how its exterior looks.
Salary, Market Value And Net Worth
Ikechukwu’s salary, just like other KastinaUnited Players, is not made available to the public.
However, it is no secret that he is the highest-paid player currently in Kastina United.
Also, insider sources revealed that Ezewan’s salary with Kastina United is between the range of ₦450,000 to ₦500,000.
The player had initially demanded during negotiation a salary of ₦700,000
Ikechuwkwu does not have market Value data on a popular market value platform, Transferarket.com, he has also never declared his net worth, but he is estimated to be worth up to a million dollars. ($1,000,000)
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