Victor Ezeji
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.
 

China Acheru

“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

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