Austin Ejide

Austin Ejide Biography / Profile

Augustine Amamchukwu Ejide (known as Austin Ejide) was born on April 8th, 1984 in Onitsha, Anambra State, to the family of Chief Silas and Mrs Mary Onuekwusia Ejide of Nneogidi Village, Agulu, in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State. His father holds the title of Ichie Odu 1 of Agulu.  Ejide is a professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Israeli club Hapoel Hadera. His Igbo name, Amamchukwu, means "I Know God".


Austin Ejide Age

Austin Ejide is 35 years old.


Austin Ejide Early Life

Ejide grew up in the business city of Onitsha where he attended Primary and Secondary Schools. He then joined the Gabros FC of Nnewi youth team where he began his career in football.


Austin Ejide Career

Ejide featured 100 times for Gabros between 1999 and 2002, after which he moved to Étoile du Sahel. With the Tunisian club, he played 120 times reaching two CAF Champions League finals, but losing both. In 2006, Ejide joined SC Bastia of the French Ligue 2, where he spent three years before moving to Israeli team Hapoel Petah Tikva. After the club’s relegation, Ejide moved to Hapoel Be’er Sheva in 2012. He played there until the end of the 2014\2015 season. After being without a club for two sasons, he joined Hapoel Hadera in 2017.

He made his debut for Nigeria against Namibia on 16 June, 2001. He has been named in three FIFA World Cup squads: 2002 in Japan and South Korea, 2010 in South Africa, and 2014 in Brazil. He has also been a member of the Super Eagles’ squad at five Africa Cup of Nations tournaments: 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013, winning the competition in the latter. In 2013, he was selected for Nigeria’s squad at the FIFA Confederations Cup.

In the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations hosted in Ghana, Nigeria’s coach, Berti Vogts, selected Ejide as first choice goalkeeper, ahead of Vincent Enyeama in all of Super Eagles’ four matches. On 21 January, 2008, he played his first AFCON game as Nigeria lost 1-2 to Côte d’Ivoire in the first match of Group B. However, he kept clean sheets in Nigeria’s 0-0 draw with Mali and 2-0 win over Benin.


Austin Ejide Personal Life

Ejide is a Christian who enjoys music. His favourie is cultural music especially those of Celestine Ogwu, Oliver De Coque and Olisadebe. In 2008, Ejide married Chitto Anidebe. Together, they have two children - a boy and a girl named Chimamanda.  In 2017, Ejide lost his mother and sister, Ijeoma. His mother died in Chicago, United States of America while his sister died in December 2017 after losing a battle with breast cancer. 

He has big investments in real estate with greater part of it in Victoria Garden City, Lagos, where he built his palatial home. He jointly owns a football academy with John Utaka in Lagos.

Austin Ejide Awards

After winning the African Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles in 2013, he was awarded the Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) by former president Goodluck Jonathan.


Austin Ejide Net Worth

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