Eric Ayuk

Eric Ayuk Mbu (born February 17, 1997) is a Cameroonian footballer who currently plays as a winger for Turkish club Osmanlıspor.

Eric Ayuk
Personal information
Full name Eric Ayuk Mbu
Date of birth (1997-02-17) February 17, 1997
Place of birth Yaoundé, Cameroon
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Osmanlıspor
Number 14
Youth career
2012–2013 Buriram United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014 Surin City 12 (3)
2014 Phichit 18 (7)
2015–2018 Philadelphia Union 29 (2)
2015Harrisburg City Islanders (loan) 1 (1)
2016Bethlehem Steel (loan) 17 (3)
2017Jönköpings Södra IF (loan) 12 (1)
2018Bethlehem Steel (loan) 4 (1)
2018– Osmanlıspor 27 (5)
National team
2016 Cameroon U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2019

Playing career

Youth

Ayuk played football while attending Lycée Bilingue de Yaoundé in his native Cameroon. In June 2012, he moved to Thailand as part of a program to introduce young Camaroonian players to a professional environment. Joining Buriram United of Thai Premier League and playing with its academy and reserve teams for the rest of 2012 and 2013.

Club

Surin City F.C.

Ayuk joined Surin City F.C., an affiliate of Buriram United at the start of its 2014 season in the 2014 Thai Division 2 League North Eastern Region, the third level of Thai football league system. His first game with the team was a qualifying game in the 2014 Thai League Cup – a 2–1 loss to Loei City F.C. on January 29, 2014. He made his league debut on February 16, 2014, in a 2–2 tie against Sisaket United F.C.. His first goal was the game-winning goal on February 22, 2014, in a 1–0 win over Mahasarakham United F.C.. He also scored against Nong Khai F.C. in a 2–2 draw on March 29, 2014, and another in a 4–1 win over Chaiyaphum United on April 26, 2014.

Phichit F.C.

On June 19, 2014, Ayuk joined Phichit F.C. in the 2014 Thai Division 2 League Northern Region. He made his debut on June 28, 2014, in a 3–2 win over Chiangrai F.C.. Ayuk's first goal came in a 5–0 win over Tak F.C. on July 6, 2014. On August 11, 2014, Ayuk scored against Uttaradit F.C. in his team's 4–1 victory. He added another goal on August 30, 2014, in his team's 4–3 defeat to Phrae United F.C.. On September 7, 2014, Ayuk had his first 2-goal game in a 7–0 victory over Phayao F.C.. He also scored in his team's lone goal in a 2–1 loss to Nakhon Sawan F.C. on September 13, 2014. Ayuk's performances helped Phichit F.C. gain promotion to the Thai Division 1 League for the 2015 season after placing in 2nd place in its 2014 Regional League Division 2 Champions League group. During the group games, he scored in Phichit F.C.'s 4–0 Champions Leaguevictory over Hua Hin City F.C. on November 22, 2014.[1]

Philadelphia Union

Ayuk was signed by Philadelphia Union on March 3, 2015, after a successful pre-season trial.[2] He was signed on a free transfer.[3] He scored his first goal in a 4–1 loss to Columbus Crew on April 25, 2015.[4]

Bethlehem Steel FC

Ayuk was loaned to Philadelphia Union USL affiliate, Bethlehem Steel FC for the 2016 season.[5] Ayuk would be a regular starter for Steel FC and scored the first home goal in the team's history against FC Cincinnati.[6] he would go on to make 17 appearances and scored three goals during the season.

Jönköpings Södra IF

On April 4, it was announced that Ayuk had joined Swedish first division outfit Jönköpings Södra IF on loan for the rest of the 2017 Allsvenskan Season.[7] He would make 12 league appearances and one cup appearance in Sweden, scoring one goal.[8]

Return to Philadelphia

In December 2017, it was announced that the Union exercised Ayuk's 2018 contract option.[8]

Osmanlıspor

On 28 August 2018, Ayuk joined TFF First League side Osmanlıspor.[9]

Career Statistics

Club

As of 22 January 2018[10]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
2014Surin City F.C.Regional League Division 21230000123
Phichit F.C.1870000187
2015Philadelphia UnionMLS2824100323
Harrisburg City Islanders (loan)USL10000010
2016Philadelphia UnionMLS10000010
Bethlehem Steel FC (loan)USL1730000173
2017Jönköpings Södra IF (loan)Allsvenskan1211000131
2018Philadelphia UnionMLS00000000
US4754100516
Career Total891651009417

International

In April 2015, Ayuk was called into the Cameroon U-23 team for the 2015 CAF U-23 Championship but declined the call up to focus on his club career with the Philadelphia Union. In May 2016, Ayuk was called up for the Cameroon U-20 team for their 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifier versus Zimbabwe.[11]

References

  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. "Philadelphia Union Sign Raymond Lee and Eric Ayuk Mbu". Philadelphia Union. March 3, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  3. "2015 MLS Transactions". MLSsoccer.com. November 1, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  4. "Union Drop Match To Columbus Crew SC 4–1". Philadelphia Union. April 26, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  5. Mihir Pandya (March 24, 2016). "Preview: Bethlehem Steel FC Face FC Montreal In Inaugural Game". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  6. Charlotte Muscroft (April 3, 2016). "Bethlehem Steel FC Fall 2–1 To FC Cincinnati In Home Opener". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  7. "Philadelphia Union Loan Eric Ayuk To Jönköpings Södra IF". Philadelphia Union. April 4, 2017. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  8. "Philadelphia Union Exercise Contract Option Of Midfielder Eric Ayuk". Philadelphia Union. December 12, 2017. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  9. https://www.philadelphiaunion.com/post/2018/08/28/union-transfer-eric-ayuk-turkey-s-osmanlispor-fk
  10. "Cameroon – E. Ayuk – Profile with news, career statistics and history – Soccerway". us.soccerway.com.
  11. RohnJossi (May 16, 2016). "Eric Ayuk called up to Cameroon U20s". brotherlygame.com. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
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