Biography Of Patrick Ekeji (Footballer)

Patrick Chima Ekeji is a former Nigerian sports administrator and footballer.

NAME: Patrick Chima Ekeji

DATE OF BIRTH: 11 March 1951

PLACE OF BIRTH: Ndiegbelu-Umu-Ogwu

EDUCATION: He studied at both the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he obtained a first degree in Physical Education in 1978, and the University of Frankfurt, Germany, graduating in 1982. As a high school student, Ekeji played in the defence for the East Central State Academicals, winners of the Manuwa Adebajo Cup in 1971.

OCCUPATION: Footballer

CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Highlights of Ekeji’s footballing career include stints with the national team, the Green Eagles (1975–1980); Rangers of Enugu (1977/1978); and Vasco Da Gama FC Enugu (1973–1977). Ekeji also played for the East Central State side, The Spartans, winners of the football gold medal at the 1st National Sports Festival, Lagos in 1973.

Following his appointment in 1993 as Director of Sports in Imo State, Ekeji was appointed National Director of Sports at the National Sports Commission in December 1994, Director of Sports Development at the National Sports Commission, 2001, and Director-General, National Sports Commission in 2009, a post he retired from in 2013. Ekeji briefly coached the national football team in 1985. Ekeji, whose main hobby in retirement include charitable activities, is married to Ngozi Immaculata Pat Ekeji. They have 6 children.

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