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Ifeanyi Emeghara
Personal information
Full name Ifeanyi Innocent Emeghara
Date of birth 24 March 1984 (1984-03-24) (age 25)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current club Steaua Bucureşti
Number 3
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Ebedei
2003–2004 Teleoptik
2004–2006 Partizan 36 (0)
2006–2007 Politehnica Timişoara 42 (0)
2007– Steaua Bucureşti 13 (0)
National team
2007– Nigeria 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:48, 25 February 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Ifeanyi Innocent Emeghara (born 24 March 1984 in Lagos) is a Nigerian football player. "Ifeanyi" is a nickname for the Igbo name "Ifeanyichukwu" (meaning "Nothing is impossible with God").[1] The young and versatile defender can be seen on both sides of the pitch and is often remarked due to his good technique. Since June 2007 he is under contract with Steaua Bucureşti.

Amongst his childhood friends and teammates are the likes of Obafemi Martins and Stephen Makinwa.


Club career



He arrived to Serbia in summer 2003 and started playing for FK Partizan satellite club FK Teleoptik where he played for one season. After convincing there, he started playing for Partizan in the Serbia and Montenegro League where he played for 2 years gaining 36 appearances. With Partizan, he won one national championship in 2004–05 and made the round of 32 in the UEFA Cup where the club lost out to the eventual champions, CSKA Moscow.

Politehnica Timişoara

Emeghara signed for $650.000 with FCU Politehnica Timisoara in 2006 a contract for 4 years. He was under the observation of many important clubs, such as AJ Auxerre and CSKA Moscow, but he eventually chose Politehnica Timisoara.

In January 2007 he suffered a surgery on his left forearm, after he broke his arm while he was in Nigeria on holiday. The operation was a success he went back to training in the next 3 weeks. Marian Iancu, Politehnica's owner, declared that Steaua Bucureşti, Dinamo Bucureşti and Rapid Bucureşti have shown interest in Ifeanyi Emeghara.

Emeghara had a salary of 135.000 euros per year. He was the second most used player in the 2006–07 season in Liga I playing 42 matches and a total of 2.491 minutes, after Jonathan McKain with 2.610 minutes.

Steaua Bucureşti

On 25 July 2007 Emeghara signed with Steaua Bucureşti for 4 years.[2] The transfer fee was of €1.2 million and he was given a salary of €150.000 per season plus bonuses if Steaua Bucureşti will qualify in the UEFA Champions League group stage. While at Steaua, Emeghara had some cardiac problems. Steaua's medical staff discovered a heart problem and the player had stop all physical efforts.

Gigi Becali, Steaua Bucureşti's owner, said that if Emeghara will end his football career because of this medical issue he will get from Politehnica Timişoara €600.000, half of the transfer fee. Marian Iancu said that he didn't show any medical problems while he was playing for Politehnica. The medical staff announced that Emeghara has a larger heart than an average human, but it is said that most African football players have larger hearts and that Ifeanyi will still be playing football at the highest level.

"I live a great joy in this moment, because I went on the field after a very long time. I hope with all my heart to be healthy and not have part of bad luck. I am happy that I won this match and I would love to keep so."
Said Ifeanyi Emeghara after the game (13 December 2009).[3]

Emeghara debuted for Steaua Bucureşti against Rapid Bucureşti, match ended undecided 0–0. He previously played for Steaua in a friendly against Charleroi which also ended with a draw (1–1). Emeghara didn't play any match since March 8, 2008, because of a knee injury. In October 2009 has returned to training and on 11 October played his first game after injury in the friendly match with FC Snagov, Steaua won 3–0.[4]

Emeghara, which evolved first in an official game after more than a year and a half absence.

He evolved first in an official game after more than a year and a half absence on 13 December 2009 against Internaţional, coming on in the 46th minute to replace Eugen Baciu.[5]

Club Season Domestic League Domestic Cups Continental games Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Steaua Bucureşti
09–10 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
08–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
07–08 12 0 0 0 4 0 16 0
Total 13 0 0 0 4 0 17 0
Politehnica Timişoara 06–07 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 0
05–06 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Total 42 0 0 0 0 0 42 0
Partizan 05–06 12 0 1 0 4 0 17 0
04–05 24 0 4 0 11 0 39 0
Total 36 0 5 0 15 0 56 0
Career Totals 91 0 5 0 19 0 115 0
Last updated 12 March 2010


The young and versatile defender can be seen on both sides of the pitch and is often remarked due to his good technique.

Transfer offers

After his match against Sevilla on 7 November 2007, the Spanish team has shown interest in Emeghara. He was one of the best players from Steaua Bucureşti in both home and away games against Sevilla. Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, Sevilla's scouter, will be further monitoring Emeghara. The manager of Olympique Lyonnais, Alain Perrin, said that the team need's another left-back since he's not pleased by Fabio Grosso's performances. Aurel Damian, Emeghara's manager said that he won't present any offers to Gigi Becali until the winter transfer market. At the end of 2007, Emeghara had 15 official games for Steaua. According to this statistic made by Steaua supporters he was one of the best players of the season, with an average of 7.89/10.

International career

Emeghara was called up to the Nigerian national team before the 2006 African Cup of Nations as a prospective player for the famed tournament, but decided not to take part in these preparations, as he had just signed for Poli and didn't want to miss the pre-season training with this new team.

In August 2006 Victor Piturca wanted Emeghara to play for the Romanian national team as a left back. Emeghara refused the offer because he wanted to play for the Nigerian national football team. He was called again in November 2007 to the Nigerian national football team by manager Berti Vogts. He will be replacing Taye Taiwo from Olympic Marseille who due to his average performance didn't take part of the manager's plans against Australia and Switzerland. Emeghara made his international debut on 17 November 2007 for Nigeria in the loss against Australia with 0–1. He was a member of Nigeria's 23-man squad to the 2008 African Cup of Nations.




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