Ikechukwu Uche

You can’t argue with Ikechukwu Uche’s record for Nigeria. He gets plays he gets the goals that matter.

Top scorer in the last World Cup qualifying campaign and the top scorer in the qualification for the 2013 Cup of African Nations

with three goals. Over his 40 games for Nigeria he comes out at nearly a goal every other game.

Great statistics for the younger brother of midfielder Kalu. He has pace, power and a blinding shot, all the attributes of a modern top class striker.

Uche has spent most of his career in Spain, having moved there when just 18. Born in Aba, Abia, he began with Amanze United and Iwuanyanwu Nationale before joining Racing de Ferrol in the Spanish second division.

Although he did well, Racing were relegated in his second season and he moved to another second division team in Recreativo de Huelva. He was an instant hit and his 12 goals in 28 games saw Recreativo back in La Liga as champions.

In his first top flight year Uche scored on eight occasions. Notably, he netted in three consecutive matches in November 2006 (with wins at Celta de Vigo and against CA Osasuna), helping Recreativo finished a creditable eighth.
 
Uche made his debut for Nigeria in 2007. He was part of the squad that competed in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana, helping the Super Eagles to the quarterfinals.

Getafe picked him up in 2007, but his impact was limited in his two seasons there as he was mainly being used as a substitute. One highlight though was coming off the bench to score in a memorable 3–1 home win over Real Madrid.
 
In July 2009 he moved again, this time to Real Zaragoza, recently returned to the La Liga. In only his second match he suffered a severe knee injury, going on to miss seven months and the 2010 World Cup.
 
Uche recovered fully for Zaragoza's 2010–11 pre-season. However, he soon suffered another knee injury, being ruled out for another six months.
 
He was back in March 2011 for his first start of the season, and scored at home against Athletic Bilbao.

In the last day of the 2011 summer transfer window Uche was on the move again, this time to Villarreal who immediately loaned him out to fellow top-division Granada CF.

While Uche was at Granada his parent club Villareal had a torrid time in La Liga and were relegated. This season his career in Spain is back where it started in the second tier where he is spearheading the return of the Yellow Submarine.

 

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