President of Ecuadorian club resigns to become a player, scores on his debut

Posted by Chris Wright

The year was 2002 when a young by the name of Jaime Estrada Medranda made the tough decision to call time on his burgeoning football career to pursue a business degree at University.

Aged 19 at the time, Estrada Medranda was playing for the youth string at Ecuadorian top tier side Manta FC, and gradually working his way toward the senior side when "real life" intervened and he toddled off to school.

After earning his degree in Business Management, Estrada Medranda then returned to Manta in 2010 though not to resume his playing career, but as president of the club.

After three years serving as El Presidente, Estrada Medranda, now aged 28, resigned from his post in order to clear the way for him re-registering for Manta as a player after finding that league regulations wouldn't allow him to hold both positions simultaneously.

Last Saturday, he made his long-awaited senior bow for his beloved club, topping off his cockle-warming story by scoring a neat goal on his debut after coming on as a late sub in a 4-0 win over El Nacional.

And here it is...


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