Godswill Ekpolo

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Godswill Ekpolo
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Godswill Ekpolo in 2012
Personal information
Full nameElohor Godswill Ekpolo [1]
Date of birth (1995-05-14) 14 May 1995 (age 25)
Place of birth Benin City, Nigeria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
BK Häcken
Number 12
Youth career
2005–2014 Barcelona
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2014–2016 Barcelona B 28 (0)
2016–2018 Fleetwood Town 9 (0)
2018 Mérida 8 (0)
2018– BK Häcken 56 (2)
National team
Nigeria U17
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 31 March 2020

Elohor Godswill Ekpolo (born 14 May 1995) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Swedish Allsvenskan club BK Häcken. Mainly a right back, he can also play as a central defender.

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Playing career

Ekpolo moved with his family to Spain from Nigeria in 2002, and settled in Tarragona. He came through the youth team at FC Barcelona, and played for the reserve team and captained the under-21 team, before he was released in June 2016. [2]

After a trial at Wolverhampton Wanderers in July 2016, [3] he signed with English League One side Fleetwood Town on a contract of undisclosed length in November. [4] He scored his first goal for Fleetwood in an EFL Trophy tie against Leicester City Under-23s on 29 August 2017. [5]

Having been replaced at right-back by Everton loanee Gethin Jones, Ekpolo returned to Spain on 26 January 2018 and signed for Mérida AD of Segunda División B. [6]

On 29 June 2018, Ekpolo signed a six-month deal with Swedish Allsvenskan side BK Häcken, [7] and on 12 October it was extended to the end of 2021. [8]

Statistics

Club

As of 16 July 2017
ClubSeasonLeagueNational Cup League Cup OtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
FC Barcelona B 2015–16 [9] Segunda División B 270000000270
Fleetwood Town 2016–17 League One 0010000010
Career total270100000280

    Honours

    Barcelona

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