A former Nigerian footballer and also a current coach, Emeka Ezeugo has converted to Islam.
Speaking with journalists on Monday in India, the 46 year old man, who used to be a hard tackling defender and midfielder during his playing days, said he was inspired by the life of Prophet Mohammed whom he thinks is the greatest among all messengers of God and he feels honoured to be one of his followers.
He said, “I am always a curious person and studied different religions when I found the life of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) very inspiring”.
He has now taken a new name, Mustafa Mohammed and plans to apply for a new passport with his new name once he returns to his home in Nigeria.
According to him, though all members of his family are Roman Catholics, they accepted his decision as he is old enough to decide what he wants.
Emeka went to a Muslim cleric last week along with Mohammedan manager, Amirul Islam; his former team-mate, Kaiser Hamid; Zaker Party leader, Amir Faisal; and club official, Abu Hasan Prince; to convert to Islam.
Ezeugo, a hard tackling defender and midfielder during his playing, was a member of the Super Eagles team to the World Cup in 1994 when Nigeria made its debut at the Mundial. He was also a member of the team which won the African Nations Cup in 1994 in Tunisia.