Monday, 7 October 2013

Chima Okorie

Chima Ephraim Okorie is a former professional football striker who was renowned for his goalscoring prowess in the Indian leagues. Okorie moved to India as a student, his big break came when he played first time in the Durand Cup, when is represented Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad x1. There was no such thing as Chandigarh team was an all volunteer team and could not afford to pay their players. He then signed a major deal with Mohammedan SC, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. He then moved to England, joining Peterborough United on non-contract terms before joining Grimsby Town in September 1993.

He made his English league debut as a substitute away to Crystal Palace winning the Sunday Man of the match, and made four further appearances (all as a substitute) as his career at Grimsby was interrupted by a broken leg. He moved to Torquay United in March 1994 and was a regular in the Torquay side for the next twelve months, before losing his place to Duane Darby.

He was released at the end of the 1994-95 season was joined Norwegian premier side Sogndal, later playing for Danish premier sides Ikast FS and Viborg FF. He returned to India to play again forMohun Bagan

On June 3, 2006 he was made manager of Bengal-Mumbai FC, and also became the club's CEO on August 16. He was appointed manager of Mohun Bagan on February 20, 2007, but resigned on April 7 following differences with the club's senior players. He then became the manager of the Delhi based I-League 2nd division side Osian's New Delhi Heroes.

He never played for the Super Eagles, but in India there’s only one Nigerian footballer everybody knows: Chima Okorie.

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