GABRIEL MELKAM

Gabriel MelkamGabriel Chukwuwunzo Melkam was born 13 March 1980 in Lagos. He is a Nigerian football player from  Nneyi Umueri in Anambra State. He started his football career with Kwara United in Nigeria Global League in 1996 then as a talented 16 year old Midfielder.It was while plying his trade in Kwara United that his talents fetched him Offer from a German League Side "SG Wattenscheid 09" (then relegated from Bundesliga),fighting to be promoted to German elite league.

In "Wattenscheid" the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) extended a call up Invitation for him to help prosecute 1999 Africa Youth Championship. This Incidentially makes him the first Umueri indigene to wear the glorious Nigeria Football Jersey.He was instrumental that Nigeria were able end up as runner up in the competition. He was also in Squad that reach the Quater Final Stage in World Youth Championship which Nigeria hosted in that same 1999. He was also called up to Nigeria National Team called "Super Eagles" for the 2006 World Cup qualifier in Zimbabwe on Septemember 2005. The tie which the Super Eagles won convincingly by 3 goals to Nill in far away Harare in Zimbabwe marked the debut for the then Hansa Rostock Defender. He has since featured in three other Super eagles competitive matches and was narrowly missed out on a place in Nigeria's 2004 Cup of Nations squad.

The Talented Midfielder who was later converted to Defending position while in German have played for various famous clubs which includes FC Hansa Rostock,Sportfreunde Siegen(both in German leagues) and Xiamen Lanshi F.C,Changchun Yatai F.C(China based teams). While at Xiamen Lanshi, he exhibited revolutionary tendecy In April 2007 showing "All Referee of Chinese Super League were cheat." on his T-shirt after the match against Henan Jianye.This was then according to him to revenge the serious mistake of the officiating on the match Xiamen Lanshi played against Shanghai Shenhua. He was subsequently banned for 3 matches and fined 5000 RMB for the misconducts.

He currently plays for Guangzhou F.C. of China. His brother Innocent Ufoma Melkam (a right sided midfielder) played soccer in Nigeria and now plays in the German League.

THE TOWN PROFILES

Name:
Umueri(Mispronounced Umuleri)

Location:
Anambra East LGA of Anambra State.

His Royal Highness
(Traditional Ruler)
 


H.R.H Igwe Sir Ben Emeka
Igwe Okebo II of Umueri

His Majesty
(Traditional Prime Minister)


HRM Mike ekweonu
Onowu Iyasele  of Umueri

P.G Umueri General
Assembly (UGA)


Hon. Pius Okonkwo
(President General, U.G.A)

Title(Male):
Amanwulu,Ivejioku,
Oba,Asammuo
Ogbuevi,Ogbuanyinya

Title(Female):
Ekwe, Iyom,Nne-
Mmanwu,Okomme

Population:
Est. 155,000.00

Occupation:
Farmers,Fishers,trading
business,Crafts & Arts etc