Born in Jos, Plateau state on the 3rd of November 1974, young Benedict Akwuegbu attended Fatimah Primary School, before going furthering his education at the prestigious St. Murumba’s College, Jos.
At St. Murumba’s College, the young and talented Ben was active in sports and soon joined the School Football team at the age of 15, while still in form two.
A fortunate stroke of serendipity, however shone on young Benedict Akwuegbu, when the then National U-17 Football Head Coach, Sebastian Brodericks was on the stand, when St. Murumba’s College played against Airfoce Military School, a game 16 year old Benedict Akwuegbu shone like million star.
Brodericks had won the first ever FIFA U-17 World Cup for Nigeria in 1985 and thought it was time to discover more talents for the 1989 edition.
Akwuegbu was selected to the U-17 World Cup Final squad in 1989 hosted by Scotland.
However, he never had the chance to play as sitting on the bench in all four matches without substitution. Nigeria was beaten by eventual winner Saudi Arabia at the quarter-final stage, but it was indeed a great experience for the 16 year old, who went on to play for the Flying Eagles, Under-23 teams and the Super Eagles.
“It was a great experience for me. I was very young and was lucky to be part of the National team. Playing wasn’t so important for me then, but the exposure I got, made me a better player. it really shaped me for better things ahead.”
In 2000, his success in Austria made him joining the Africa Cup of Nations tournament which he played his first international game against Tunisia. With his progress in the team he was involved in the 2002 World Cup Qualifier and scoring two goals in the process, His performance made him selected to the 2002 World Cup Final squad. He played the only World Cup game against England.
Akwuegbu, 49, had an illustrious career that spanned through RC Lens, France (1991-92), KSC eedracht Aalst, Belgium (1992-93), Harelbek, Belgium (1994-96), Waregem, Belgium (1996-97), Tienen, Belgium (1997-98), Grazer AK, Austria (1998-2002), Sheyang Ginde, China(loan 2002), Grazer AK , Austria (2002-2004), FC Karnten, Austria (2004), St Gallen, Switzerland (2004-2005), Wacker Innsbruck, Austria (2005-2006), Siegen, Germany (2006) and Tianjin Teda, China (loan 2006).
The former Heartland of Owerri Assistant General Manager also had career spells at Panserraikos, Greece (2006-2007), Qingdao Jonoon, China (2007), Beijing Hongdeng, China (2008) and Basingstoke Town, England (2009-2010) before calling time on his career.
Akwuegbu scored eight times for the Super Eagles in 30 appearances.