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Emmanuel Emenike sues Turkish newspaper Haber Turk

Posted: 7 May 2011 Time: 08:12

Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike has begun legal proceedings against Turkish newspaper 'Haber Turk'.

The move follows an article on Wednesday which alleged that the player was seven years older than he is.

The Karabükspor player has been incensed by the claim that he "is actually 31 and not 24 as it appears on his passport".

Emenike's agent Erdem Konyar has begun legal action against the newspaper and other media which published the claims.

Emenike is currently being lined up to join Fenerbahce in a $14.5m deal at the end of the season. "The statements made by various Turkish newspapers are entirely false. It is utterly disappointing that such events can take place," Konyar told BBC Sport.

"Legal proceedings have started as this article is not only misleading, it is also malicious.

"As the agent of Emmanuel Emenike, I will personally pursue this subject until I clear the name of the player and I. This is a serious matter and will be dealt with with the most professional and accurate approach."

Konyar, who is claiming "unlimited damages", is also expected to pursue the matter with the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) and football's world governing body Fifa.

A furious Emenike told BBC Sport that the story has embarrassed him and his employers, and cast a shadow over his honesty.

"This vicious accusation will not go unpunished," Emenike told BBC Sport on Friday. "I feel very bad about this situation and so does my agent and the president of my club.

"This is the same country where a journalist wrote that I came to Turkey on a boat, while another incredulously said I was starving - this time around they have gone too far."

The man at the centre of the storm, Emenike, has watched his stock rise in Turkey after only two years in the country.

Relatively unknown back home, the striker starred in South Africa for Mpumalanga Black Aces and FC Cape Town before joining Kardemir Karabükspor in the Turkish second division in 2009.

On the back of his 16 goals last season, Karabükspor won promotion to the top flight and he is now into double figures this season as his side lie eighth in the table.

Last November, the TFF expressed their interest in persuading Emenike to play for the Turkish national team.

But Siasia, in need of a prolific goal scorer, met him shortly afterwards and was able to convince the player to play for Nigeria instead.

The powerful forward eventually made his Super Eagles' debut in February's 2-1 friendly win over Sierra Leone.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:01 am
bro you must do what ever it is to get your self right, don't be carried away, please can some one tell me what is going on in IMO state , who won Governorship? hope it was free and fair? please i,m far away to Asia , i believe we are getting it right this time, all the best 9ja
posted: 10:33 am
Good one my brother, A good name is better than a million pounds. try and clear your name and I hope you come out of it a better person and a better player. Good luck!

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posted: 12:05 pm

Rochas okorochas of APGA has been decleared the winner some minutes ago.
posted: 01:39 pm
Make una remove TFF from the list of the arbiters you wan contact o. Even TFF dey vex with the boy now as he no agree say he go don their national colours. Oyinbo na Oyinbo. Whether na Turkish or English. Na bad news dey only like dey talk about we na. Na their grand fathers go destroy all the Arabian and African history wey document the technology wey dem steal from all over and used to develop dem own today. Dem com out dey tell us say nothing good came out of we na area. The shift don start now. First, it has started moving to China. I hope he go come to Naija soon. Dem go get plenty countries worry about at different corners of the world.
Billion Original
posted: 01:54 pm
I pray he is TRULY 24! This age cheating stuff is now becoming a problem for Nigerian football.
posted: 02:27 pm
@Billion, how old are you? The age on your CV or the one you claim is it your real age? All the hypocrites are crying wolf over age cheat which is a known fact that most people don't use their real age for official purposes. It is so very annoying to read Jornalists who faked their ages to gain admission to higher institutions and to get jobs crying wolf over age cheats. The kettle is gleefully calling the pot black. Shut up all of you, HYPOCRITES!!!!!!!!!!!
posted: 03:53 pm
old news. Another copy and paste from
Up Colin Udoh!!

Surprise :(
posted: 04:16 pm
@Amata, You are right. Cos i don't understand our pple especially Billion coming here to lambast on "age cheat" all the time. Am not preying on anyone but the truth is mostly everyone does it, not only the football players but in a profession perhaps few people who had their ways from early age wouldn't. Just because anything that happens to them is known to world in the twinkle of an eye and that becomes news. Even MRI or bone check (whatever u may call it) that some are clamoring for, isn't always precise. I did it and it was bringing me 4yrs lower than my age. What about that? This isn't a story or was told. Its what i've done couple occasions and never accurate.
Mr Kpim
posted: 06:05 pm
Fuck it, this guys is way more than 24...R u kidding me? Very soon the MRI for over 17yrs lads will be in market and the world will see that Nigeria is full of shit when it comes to age cheating!!!
posted: 07:04 pm
Look before you leap man. Be sure you have no skeletton to hide as this case in court might bring out more facts than you may realize. Good luck in your pursuit.

posted: 08:51 pm
pls my fellow forumites.. make una no try go vietnam or thailand. he wan render una homeless and calling niaja each day on phone.
posted: 08:53 pm
@Naijaisblessed..dont make ppl to sell there property and dump in them in vietnam or thailand.

immigration man for visa approval..
Throw In
posted: 10:31 pm
There they go again, the self-righteous judges. the billions (the two fakes), his holiness amaesimaka....pls stop this disgusting age isues pls. Let's allow some breathering space in this forum. You are not the parents neither do you have his birth cert, if you are so concerned pls report to FIFA, okay?
posted: 01:10 am
many are here in this forum helping outsiders to destroy Nigeria footballers ,who knows if the turkey journalist did get is unproductive information from some irritating comment here on KON many forks sell their country out by using KON as their instrument-of destruction shouting about age cheat tell me if any country is so loud-mouth like we Nigerians who see no good about our footballers but drawn an augment about age that will not yield us no good. Lord have mercy
posted: 08:22 pm
If the player on the photo is actually 24 yrs then your President Goodluck Jonathan is 20! What a joke Nigeria has become. If none of you know how bad Nigeria's reputation is overseas then try getting a visa (almost impossible to get) to the western world or EU.
posted: 08:28 pm
I just googled all clear photos of Emmanuel Emenike. He has to be the oldest looking 24 yr old looking footballer alive. No wonder why Nigeria and other African countries are hurting in the senior level after dominating in the juniors.
posted: 01:23 am
Emenike you should also sue some of the people in this forum
Mike .
posted: 05:43 pm
Noel, i agre wit u. Make Emenike enta KON sue enuff forumites. Billion must least him go enta villg go break palm kernel
posted: 08:36 pm
@smoke, you are f..cking pig!!!, your mama!!.What image are you talking about ..are our image worst than SA or Ghana, which i believe you might come from.In every ten black, one is a nigerian therefore most Africans with lots of crminal tendencies claim to be Nigerian to outsmart the authority.I have travelled wide and near and i am proud of my green and white passport.I never deny being a Nigerian as we are more respected than any African country...face de fear face!!
posted: 11:40 pm
Broda why ?
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