Former Bayern Munich youngster, Kimberly Ezekwem has joined SC Paderborn 07, a team in the German 2. Bundesliga on a loan deal.
Paderborn recently announced the temporary loan acquisition of Kimberly Ezekwem on their official website today, June 16.
Ezekwem is a former player from Bayern Munich’s youth team and has Nigerian lineage.
In 2018, the 21-year-old player transferred from FC Bayern Munich to Freiburg U19s. Since then, he has progressed through the ranks and has become a crucial member of the U23 team for the Breisgau Brazilian.
Ever since Ezekwem joined the German side, he has been performing exceptionally well.
In the 2020-2021 season, he played a crucial role as a member of the Freiburg reserve team that emerged victorious in the Regionalliga Südwest.
He managed to provide fourteen assists in thirty-seven appearances, showcasing his influence on the team.
The 21 years old Ezekwem who recently wore the number 24 Jersey while playing for SC Freiburg reserve team played a total of 39 matches during his stint at the German club.
Following the signing of Ezekwem, Benjamin Weber, the Managing Director of Sports at Paderborn, stated on the club’s official website that Kimberly possesses excellent footballing abilities that will enable him propel the team forward.
According to him, the 21-year-old of Nigerian descent can play on the left as part of a back three or as a left winger.
He also added that his skills are a perfect fit for the game system of the club.
Benjamin Weber said: “Kimberly has very good footballing qualities that he can use to drive the game forward. He can be used on the left in a back three or on the left wing.”
“With his skills, he fits in perfectly with our game system.”
Paderborn recently signed Ezekwem as their fifth new player for the 2023-2024 season, following the signings of David Kinsombi, Mattes Hansen, Laurin Curda, and Antonio Grimaldi.
Who is Kimberly Ezekwem?
Kimberly Ezekwem is a professional footballer from Germany. He currently plays as a center-back for the Bundesliga team SC Freiburg.
Kimberly Ezekwem was born in Munich on June 19th, 2001. Currently, he is 21 years of age.
His International Career
The 21-year-old Nigerian descent chose to represent his birth country Germany.
In August 2021, the left-back received a call-up to Germany’s U20 national team. However, he was withdrawn from the squad due to a muscle injury.
His Bundesliga career and records.
Kimberly Ezekwem only played a single match during his career in the Bundesliga. Throughout his career, he has exclusively played in the Bundesliga as a member of Freiburg.
On May 6, 2023, Ezekwem made his Bundesliga debut by coming off the bench for the last seven minutes of a 1-0 loss against RB Leipzig.
Paderborn’s fall from grace
The football club SC Paderborn 07 has experienced a significant decline in performance.
SC Paderborn 07, also known as Sport-Club Paderborn 07, is a German football club located in Paderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia. Since the start of the new millennium, the club has experienced its most significant achievements.
It has established itself as a regular participant in the 2. Bundesliga and eventually secured promotion to the Bundesliga during the 2013-14 season.
After just one season in the top division, they were quickly relegated to the 2. Bundesliga, and then again to the 3. Liga the following season, experiencing a rapid fall from grace.
After achieving 2nd place in the 2018-19 season, the club was promoted to the Bundesliga from 2. Bundesliga. In the 2019-20 season, the club finished in 18th place and as a result, they were relegated to the 2. Bundesliga.