Although Austin Ejide has been virtually ever-present in the Nigerian squad since first playing for the Super Eagles in 2002, his playing time has been limited. The 30-year-old has struggled to get past the national team's regular number one, Vincent Enyeama.
A veteran of two FIFA World Cups™ as well as five CAF Africa Cup of Nations campaigns, Ejide has played just four matches at these finals. That was during the 2008 Cup of Nations campaign, when the then Nigeria coach Berti Vogts preferred him to Enyeama, saying he wanted Ejide's height and strength. Last year he was an unused sub when Nigeria won their third continental title at the Cup of Nations in South Africa, and likewise at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.
Ejide started his professional career with Gabros International in Nigeria before being signed by Etoile Sportive du Sahel. He twice played in CAF Champions League final with the Tunisian club but ended up on the losing side both times. After four years in North Africa, he moved to Europe, where he signed for French club Bastia. After struggling to make the first team, he joined Hapoel Petach Tikva in Israel, spending several successful seasons with the club. He then moved within the Israeli league to Hapoel Be'er Sheva when his former club was relegated, and this year helped the club to qualify for the Europa League by finishing second.