Kezieh (Kezie) Ibe had the briefest of stays at St James’ Park joining the then-Conference Exeter City on loan from Yeovil Town. After spells at Canvey Island and Ebbsfleet United he played for around a dozen other clubs.
Kezie was on the books of Arsenal and AFC Bournemouth when at school and was later to emerge into non-league football with Leatherhead. Then - after spells with Hampton & Richmond, Aylesbury and Staines - he was offered an opportunity in the Football League with Yeovil Town in July 2004. After two early appearances for the Glovers, and following a high-impact loan at Tiverton (7 goals in 13 league and cup games), Kezie arrived at Exeter City on a similar basis ready to make his debut against Hereford United on Boxing Day 2004.
Kezie followed up his Grecians’ debut with a goal in the win at Tamworth two days later. Then, after further games at Barnet and Hereford, Kezie returned to Yeovil and played once more in the Football League before leaving Huish Park in August 2005.
Kezie’s next destination was Canvey Island and he was to feature twice against Exeter City in the 2005/06 Conference season scoring in the fixture at St James’ Park on 3 December 2005. From Canvey he moved to Chelmsford before crossing the Thames Estuary to Ebbsfleet United in August 2008 to make a brief one-season return to the Conference. Thereafter Kezie frequently changed clubs starting with Farnborough in 2009, followed by a return to Chelmsford, and then on to Sutton United, Eastbourne Borough, Margate and Basingstoke. Then, after playing for Hendon between 2014 and 2018, Kezie moved on to Harlow, Beaconsfield, Egham Town, Enfield Town and - by 2020 - back to Beaconsfield.
Now approaching forty, Kezie had played over 700 times for his assorted clubs scoring in excess of 200 goals.