Emenike’s controversial baggage

Emmanuel-Emenike-for-Al-AinEmmanuel Emenike controversy dates back more a decade, when he was arrested for kicking a football at a policeman in his homeland of Nigeria.

He moved to Turkey in 2009 signing a one year deal with Karabukspor. In May, 2011, he initiated a lawsuit against the newspaper ‘Haber Turk’ for what Emenike’s agents describe as “misleading” and “malicious” claim that Emenike’s age is 7 years different than is shown on his passport.

EnenikeLater in May 2011, Emenike joined Fenerbahce for around €9 million. Just three months later he quickly moved to Russia after he was sold to  Spartak Moscow for €10 million after he was arrested and released without charge in relation to a Turkish match fixing scandal. While playing in Russia he was fined US$17,000 for an offensive gesture towards Dynamo Moscow fans who racially abused him in a Russian league match. In a second incident was he red carded after scoring a goal against Zenit, he was sent off after making an ‘obscene’ gesture towards the opposition bench, which saw him tap him own arm as if making a heroin injection.

EmenikeIn December 2011 Emenike and several officials of his former club Fenerbahce were formally charged in an alleged match-fixing scandal in Turkey despite Emenike never making a first team appearance for them. Despite his re-arrest in 2012 he was later cleared of all charges in 2013.

Prosecutors alleged that Emenike missed Karabukspor’s clash Fenerbahce because of an injury he did not have. Shorn of their star man Karabukspor lost game 1-0, allowing Fenerbahce to win Turkish League title. It was further alleged Fenerbahce then signed him as repayment of that debt. A claim he strongly denied.

In 2013 Emenike returned to Fenerbahce for around €13 million. Last year Emenike stormed off the field after the striker was the victim of alleged abuse from his own fans in Turkey. Soon after missing a one on one image1 (3)chance with Besiktas’ Tolga Zengin Emenike was booed vociferously by his own fans, with allegations that some of the abuse was also racist. The Nigeria international angrily remove his shirt and marched towards the sidelines against rivals Besiktas. Fenerbahçe later denied claims that their striker was racially abused during their game against Besikstaks.

Before the 2015-2016 season started, Emenike was loaned to Al Ain FC on a one-year deal. He ended his loan deal after six months despite scoring nine goals in 15 appearances after a board member of the club, Mohammed Obeid Hamdoun accused the striker of not being committed.

Emenike played for the Nigerian team along side Victor Moses until recently, he announced his retirement from International football in October 2015. He announced his retirement by posting “After five great years, I am happy to announce that I have put full-stop to my National team career for the sake of national peace.”

Let’s just hope controversy doesn’t follow him to the Boleyn Ground if he joins and this is a new start for the talented player with a colourful past.


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

13 comments on “Emenike’s controversial baggage

  1. Do we really want someone like this at our club? On this reading I could not find any positives at all!

  2. Loan till the end of the season no good bye bye,
    Slav can control him or send him back just need cover until are main forwards get back with Zarate gone we have Jelavic who most fans don’t want,
    I trust our people and they can control him and get what we want out of him,he may be the difference between top 6 or not
    Who else are we going to get this late and he looks better then our previous Jan forwards
    For me I will wait and see and comment at the end of the season

  3. Luckily it’s only 6 months loan. Hopefully he won’t get a permi

  4. I don’t understand why anyone would want to dig into a players past & cherry pick every negative points. Why should anybody put up with racism?? Match fixing.. no charges ever brought against him? Every move he has made has comanded big transfer fees so doesn’t that show he is a decent player?? Slav will have done his homework before he would make a move.

    • It’s just a normal journalistic job and nobody has cherry picked. We have done a story on what he’s about as a footballer. It’s perfectly reasonable to describe what’s happened in his life.

    • cherry pick??? it’s more like a f****ng orchard. Totally justified in raising important issues.

  5. I have a negative opinion of this player, based entirely on rumour, and Youtube. But I also have confidence in Slaven Bilic and our recruitment team. If he comes on loan, and is a success then great. If he isn’t a success then I’m sure he will be moved on… I still recal some supporters saying … Why have we spent £10,000,000. on this Dimirti Payet. when for a few million extra we could have gor Charlie Austin… Who’s ever heard of Payet.. enough said.

  6. If he comes its on a loan , if it don’t work out he goes ?
    We need cover as bubs said , he’s a brute , just what we need when we go to the scousers!!
    The guy will solve a problem hopefully ? Short term or not ! If he starts banging them in there will be no complaints I’m sure .if he’s as problem he goes back ! Make that clear in the deal and problem solved ! I’m sure Slav knows what he’s doing !

  7. He’s not even signed yet and you’re already writing him off. We know that Bilic doesn’t take crap from players as shown by Nolan and amalfitano. Were also lacking a consistent goal scorer so there is no harm in signing a proven goal scorer for half the season to see whether he is right for the team or not. If he’s not slaven will stop playing him, simple as.

    I’m personally a big fan of emenikes ability and am excited to see how slaven fits him into the team. Were having a good season and this is definitely not any reason to start getting stroppy

  8. Goal scorer/Striker is the #1 problem position in our team.. we have 2 very good strikers who seem to be injured more than they play .. sadly Sakho’s starting to look as injury prone as Carroll.

    We need someone in ASAP and I trust the David’s & Slav to get things right 90% of the time

  9. I dont think hes a bad option consudering we will only be taking him on loan for 6 months. From what ive seen of him hes a strong pacey forward with an eye for goal ..what ive heard about him is a different matter ! Lol …i trust slav to be able to get him to get his head down and if hes trouble i trust slav to give him the amalfitano treatment …we can only win from his signing

  10. Bit worried he doesn’t seem to handle booing…

  11. It sounds like a lot of controversy and maybe he kicked the football against the Police officer, other than that he was subjected to a lot of racist language and reacted which you can’t blame him for unless you witnessed it, so I am not going to prejudge him on what led him to react that way, with African players there has often been made claims about their ages so only he knows for sure the answer to that and his family etc, as for the match fixing claims he wasn’t even in the first team or playing in the games. There sure is a lot of mud been thrown against the wall but for the most serious things there is no proof, give him a chance on loan if he is as old as they say I doubt he would be able to perform at prem level because he is 35.

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