Updated: Jan 4, 2021
Saint Louis Park, MN - In a race versus a Gazelle...you better give the Gazelle a headstart. Emmanuel Iwe was one of the first players at Joy of the People, being part of the club since its first year, and his signing with Joy SLP epitomizes the homegrown player vision of Joy Athletic. He was part of the Joy of the People youth club team that won the Youth Futsal National Championship in 2018.
Iwe went on to have trials at Philadelphia Union and FC Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga where he set the Bremen 30m record during physical tests.
Iwe signed a professional contract with Deportivo Saprissa in Costa Rica and spent the last year with the first and second teams.
Iwe and his family immigrated to the United States from Nigeria, and his inspiration to play soccer came from his three older brothers.
In addition to Iwe, Joy SLP has recently announced the signing of local homegrown players to the NPSL roster that includes, Eric Lagos, Aden Cavanaugh, Marco Corona-Duran, Bennett Koume, Noah Kantorowiz, and Mika Folstad.
Kroeten has selected well-known local coach, Arinze ‘Ace’ Ezirike, to coach the NPSL expansion team during its inaugural season with Lioul Minas acting as the assistant coach.