(born 15 November 1982 in Aba
) is a Nigerian footballer
who plays for UD Almería
, mainly as a forward
Known for his acrobatic goal celebrations, he can operate on occasion as an attacking midfielder
or a second striker
, and spent most of his professional career in Spain
Uche's career began in Nigeria with Enyimba International
and Iwuanyanwu Nationale
. In 2000–01 season, he joined RCD Espanyol B
, failing to receive any first-team opportunities.
Uche then transferred to Wisła Kraków
, playing there until 2005 (winning the Polish League
three times and Polish Cup
twice), except for the 2004–05 season
when he represented FC Girondins de Bordeaux
, on loan.
, Uche moved to UD Almería
, and was instrumental in helping the Andalusia
outfit to its first ever La Liga
promotion in his second year
, netting eight league goals (with three in the last five matches). He made his first division debut on 26 August 2007, coming from the bench
in a 3–0 win at Deportivo de La Coruña
On 11 January 2009, profiting from the absence of first-choice Álvaro Negredo
, Uche netted both goals in a 2–2 draw at Espanyol. On 5 December, he scored the side's second goal at Real Madrid
for the 2–1, but the hosts eventually rallied back to 4–2.
In the following summer, Negredo was sold to Sevilla FC
(via Real Madrid), and Uche became Almería's most important offensive reference. He finished......