The football and sporting world will camp in Port Harcourt from December 8 to 12, 2016 as Victor Ezeji’s testimonial game marks the end of his illustrious career.
The testimonial proper comes up on Saturday, December 10, 2016 but there will be a press and fans parley on Friday, the 9th, a dinner on December 10 then thanks giving service on December 11.
China Acheru, chairman of the Main Organising Committee of the Victor Ezeji Testimonial told a packed press conference last week that the event which is billed to take place on the 10th of December is set aside to celebrate one of Nigeria’s greats in football.
Acheru noted that Ejezi is one of Nigeria’s most decorated players who played his football in Nigeria and deserved to be honoured.
“In February when he officially ended his career he had a press conference in Lagos and a lot of people asked why Lagos, why not Port Harcourt, you are a Port Harcourt boy, you played most of your career for Sharks and Dolphins and he (Ezeji) said no there will be a bigger one that will be in Port Harcourt and this is it and we have been planning for about three to four months now and we getting close, we have just about two months for the main event and i think the only two Nigeria’s that are more decorated than him are Nwankwo Kanu and John Mikel Obi so I think we need to honour somebody like this and that’s why we are here to let you know that a great footballer has decided to stop playing football.”
Victor Ezeji who is the only Nigerian to have played twenty seasons in Nigeria's top flight, appreciated Almighty God for helping him in achieving this great feat in football before paying tribute to his late parents for their assistance in grooming him to becoming a better person. He thanked the media for always standing by him before expressing his optimism ahead the testimonial game.
“I think I have worked so hard and I don’t just need to sleep like how every other football has done, I need to play a testimonial, even if nobody gives me that respect I should be able to give that to myself that why I came to say ok let’s do this together and am very sure we can achieve it because there is nothing you cannot achieve once your mind is set on it.”
He also highlighted some of the personalities that will be part of his team for the game.
Ezeji started his professional career with Sharks in 1996, he also played for Eagle Cement/Dolphins, Enyimba, Sunshine Stars and Heartland.
He won the league with Dolphins in 2004 in addition to three FA Cup titles in '04, '06, '07.
While at Enyimba, Ezeji won the Nigerian League title, A CAF Champions league and a CAF Super Cup.
He also added a WAFU Cup medal to his kitty when he returned for a third stint at Sharks from 2008-2012.
|L-R Amadike Enyadike, Sanipe Damiete, China Acheru, Victor Ezeji, Zara Okpara|
|Zara Okpara, head, Welfare/ Accommodation Committee|
|Damiete Sanpe, Secretary of the Main Organising Committee|
|Amadike Enyadike, Head, Events and Facilities Committee|
|Carl Orakwue, Head, Media and Publicity Committee|
|Cross Section of journalists at the Press Conference|
|Jim Udede Opiki|
|Sopirinye Jaja of RSTV|
|Emeka Dennar of Today FM|
|Fisayo Dairo, A blogger|
|Chuks Ezeji, Victor's elder brother|
|Ekine Moseph of Port Harcourt Microscope|
|Ufuoma Egbamuno of Nigeria Info FM|
|Chisa Didia, Head Logistics Committee|
|Chuma Nnoli of Nigeria Info FM|
|Queen John of Wave FM|