Ugo Ukah

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Ugo Ukah
Ugochukwu Ukah 2011.jpg
Ugo with Widzew Łódź in 2011
Personal information
Full name Ugochukwu Ukah
Date of birth (1984-01-18) 18 January 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Parma, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Penang
Number 18
Youth career
Parma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 U.S. Brescello ≈ 6 (0)
2002–2003 Reggiana 0 (0)
2003–2004 A.C.D. Truentina Castel di Lama 30 (0)
2004–2005 Pro Vasto 25 (0)
2005–2006 Queens Park Rangers 3 (0)
2007 Giulianova 13 (0)
2007–2012 Widzew Łódź 113 (2)
2012–2014 Jagiellonia Białystok 53 (1)
2014–2015 Čukarički 13 (0)
2015–2016 Kalloni 19 (0)
2016–2017 Selangor 26 (1)
2018– Penang 19 (1)
National team
2011 Nigeria 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 July 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 15, 2017

Ugochukwu "Ugo" Ukah (born 18 January 1984) is a Nigerian footballer. Born in Italy, Ukah plays for Penang representing the Nigerian national team.

Club career

Early career

Ugo Ukah played for the youth team of Parma F.C.[1] His first season as senior started in the season 2001–02 when he joined fourth level side U.S. Brescello. In summer 2002 he signed with Italian top-league side A.C. Reggiana 1919 but failed to make an appearance in the Serie A. At the end of the season he left Reggiana and for the next two seasons he played with lower level sides Truentina Castel di Lama and F.C. Pro Vasto.[2]

Queens Park Rangers

Ukah arrived at Queens Park Rangers F.C. in the summer of 2005. He stayed with QPR for one and a half seasons. The club played in the Championship, English second level, and Ukah, still young, spent most of the time on the bench making one appearance in the Championship in the 2005–06 season. In May 2006, QPR announced that Ukah had joined the Italian club Nuorese Calcio on a three-year contract. However, in November 2006, Ukah was suddenly listed as being back at QPR, with no explanation from the club. He was finally released from his contract and left the club in January 2007. He played the rest of the 2006–2007 season back in Italy with Serie C side Giulianova Calcio.[2]

Career in Poland

Ukah then moved to Widzew Łódź in Poland and will play in the club for the next 5 seasons. He was one of the crutial players when Widzew became Polish champions two seasons in a row in 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons. In April 2011, Ukah was suspended indefinitely from first team duties after he was convicted of driving under the influence.[3]

After 5 seasons in Łódź, Ukah moved to another Polish top-flight side, Jagiellonia Białystok, where he played for the next two seasons.[2]

Čukarički

In summer 2014 he became a free agent, and signed a one-year contract with an ambitious Serbian top-flight side FK Čukarički from the capital Belgrade.[4] Ugo Ukah will not be prolonging his contract with Serbian SuperLiga side Čukarički, despite the lure of Europa League football. The central defender enjoyed success with Čukarički last season, helping the capital side win their first title since their formation 88 years ago - the Serbian Cup - and finish third in the SuperLiga. "I am not taking the option of extending my contract, my contract is over with Čukarički. I had a good season." Ugo Ukah told news24.com.[5]

AEL Kalloni F.C.

It can be revealed that the contract Ugochukwu Ukah penned with Greek club Kalloni is designed for two years, playing in the Greek Super League.“I have signed a two - year contract with Kalloni and will begin training with the team on Monday (July 6),” Ugo Ukah told allnigeriasoccer.com.[6]

Selangor FA

In July 2016, Ukah signed a new contract with Malaysian Super League side, Selangor FA, replacing Robert Cornthwaite.

Penang FA

In February 2018, Malaysia Premier League outfit FA Penang have announced the arrival of Nigeria international defender Ugo Ukah on undisclosed terms. Allnigeriasoccer.com has been informed by the player himself that he has appended his signature to a two-year deal with The Panthers. Ukah currently plays for The Panthers, Penang FA, a professional association football club currently plays in the 2nd division of Malaysian football, the Malaysia Premier League.

International career

Ukah who was born and raised in Parma, Italy stated that his family was very excited after he made his debut for the Eagles in Kaduna against Zambia. The 27-year-old player at time was first invited by coach Samson Siasia, but he never got his chance until the Kaduna game.[7]

On November 23, 2014 Ukah, has said he was not shocked Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea because the country’s best players are not playing for the team. The, by then, Čukarički central defender, who has been capped once by Nigeria, questioned the yardsticks coach Stephen Keshi used to call up players and why he benched players who would have helped Nigeria on match day. “I was not surprised that my darling country Nigeria did not qualify to defend the Nations Cup won just last year. This is because there are better players out there than the ones who are playing for Nigeria right now and so they deserve a chance to prove themselves in the national team,” Ukah told africanFootball.com.[8]

Honours

Widzew Łódź
Čukarički

References

  1. ^ Ugo Ukah at 90minut.pl
  2. ^ a b c Ugo Ukah at National-Football-Teams.com
  3. ^ http://www.sports.pl/Pilka-nozna/Ugo-Ukah-odsuniety-od-skladu-Widzewa,artykul,106002,1,726.html
  4. ^ Exclusive : Ugo Ukah Signs One - Year Deal With Serbian Team, FK Cukaricki at allnigeriansoccer.com, 21-8-2014
  5. ^ [1] Retrieved 22 June 2015
  6. ^ Ugo Ukah Revealed He Signed Two - Year Deal With Kalloni at allnigeriansoccer.com, 3-7-2015
  7. ^ "Nigeria: Ukah Ready to Play Hard for Eagles". Vanguard (Lagos). 2011-12-02. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  8. ^ "Ugo Ukah faults Keshi's selection policy - The Nation Nigeria". The Nation Nigeria. 2014-11-23. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  9. ^ a b Ugo Ukah at Soccerway

External links

  • Ugo Ukah at Soccerbase
  • Ugo Ukah at 90minut.pl (in Polish)
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