Abi Ekoku

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Abi Ekoku
Personal information
Born (1966-04-13) 13 April 1966 (age 58)
Playing information
Position Wing, Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1993–95 London Crusaders
1995–96 Halifax Blue Sox
1997–98 Bradford Bulls
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org
Competition record
Representing  England
UK Championships[1]
3rd 1989
2nd 1990
1st 1992
British National Championships (AAA)[2]
2nd 1989
1st 1990
2nd 1992
Shot put
Representing  England
Commonwealth Games
6th 1990 Commonwealth Games[3]

Abi Ekoku (born 13 April 1966) is a former track and field athlete in both Discus and Shot put, as well as a former rugby league player, who is now[when?] a director at international property group Candelisa Resorts.[citation needed]

Sporting career


Ekoku represented Great Britain and England at the Commonwealth Games, European Athletics Championships, and was AAA’s National Champion in the Discus held in Sheffield in 1992[1] and UK Champion in the early 1990s.

Rugby league

Ekoku spent six years as a professional rugby league player as a Wing. He started his rugby league career with London Crusaders, playing on a part-time basis whilst also lecturing in further education. He was signed by Halifax in July 1995, and played in the inaugural Super League season with the club. He joined Bradford Bulls in 1997, helping the club win the Super League that year, and also played in the 1997 Challenge Cup against St Helens at Wembley.

Ekoku announced his retirement from playing in 1998, and became chairman of the Rugby League Players' Association. He quit this post in 1999, and had a brief spell as chief executive at Keighley Cougars before being appointed by Bradford Bulls in a similar role. Ekoku was chief executive at Bradford from 2000 to 2003 - a period in which the club won the Super League, Challenge Cup and World Club Championship.

Ekoku returned to the game in 2005 as an anti-doping tutor before being appointed team manager for Great Britain in 2006. He stepped down from this role at the end of 2007.[4]

Personal life

His brother Efan, is a former professional footballer who represented the Nigeria national football team and is now a football pundit with ESPN.


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