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Francis Uzoho Biography: Career, Honors, and Net Worth

Francis Odinaka Uzoho (born October 28, 1998) is a professional footballer from Nigeria who plays as a goalkeeper for Omonia and the Nigeria national team, Super Eagles.

Early Life

Francis Uzoho was born on the 28th of October, 1998, in Nwangele, Imo State, a state in the South-East geopolitical zone of Nigeria.

Career

Professional Career

Uzoho, who was originally a striker but was converted to a goalie at the age of 12 because he was deemed to be too slow, enrolled at the Senegal branch of the Aspire Academy in 2013 when he was 14 years old. In 2016, he made the Juvenil team of Deportivo de La Corua after making an impression at a match in Barcelona.

Uzoho could only enter into a contract with Dépor in January 2017 due to age constraints. He quickly started working out with the first team following that. He was elevated to the reserve team prior to the 2017–18 season, and on September 10 it was announced. In a 3-0 home victory over Real Madrid Castilla in Segunda División B, he made his senior debut.

On October 15, 2017, Uzoho made his debut with the first team and in La Liga by starting in a road 0-0 draw against SD Eibar. At 18 years and 352 days old, he made his La Liga debut, making him the second-youngest player to compete in the league this season, just behind Real Madrid’s Achraf Hakimi.

On August 24, 2018, Uzoho’s contract was extended for an additional three seasons; following that, he was loaned out for a year to Segunda División outfit Elche CF. In February 2019, he joined on loan to the Cypriot team Anorthosis Famagusta ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

There were concerns regarding his health certificate when he made his club debut. After being docked 9 points as a result, Anorthosis Famagusta filed an appeal. The club’s appeal about the deduction was rejected, while Uzoho’s appeal regarding his individual punishment of a one-match suspension and €1,000 fine was successful.

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In July 2019, he returned to Cyprus on loan, this time taking Omonia. He was only able to play in a select few matches because of a terrible injury he had while competing for his country’s national squad. In July 2020, Uzoho agreed to a three-year contract to work at APOEL permanently, but he was fired at the end of the term.

Uzoho joined Omonia on a three-year contract on September 1, 2021, to serve as Fabiano’s backup.

International Career

In 2013, Uzoho participated in the FIFA U-17 World Cup as a member of Nigeria’s under-17 team. Despite just being 14 years old, he served as Dele Alampasu’s original backup.

In October 2017, Uzoho received his first call-up to the Nigerian senior team. He made his official international debut on November 14 in a 4-2 friendly victory over Argentina, taking Daniel Akpeyi’s place.

He was chosen to compete for Nigeria’s 23-member team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. At the time, he was thought of as Nigeria’s starting goalkeeper.

He departed the national team in November 2018 due to an injury. He took part in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations team. Nigeria’s Uzoho played goal for them as they defeated Tunisia to claim third place.

During a friendly encounter against Brazil in October 2019, he had a ligament injury, and in the same month, he had surgery. On December 25, 2021, interim coach Eguavoen appointed him to the 28-Man Nigeria team for the AFCON Nations Cup in 2021.

Uzoho played for Nigeria against Ghana on March 29, 2022, in a World Cup qualifier. He received criticism for his performance since a mistake on his part deprived his team of the opportunity to play in the World Cup and resulted in a goal for Ghana. He apologized, saying “I wanted to take my country to Qatar but did the reverse.” National teammates and former international players supported him.

Honors

Omonia

  • Cypriot Cup

Net Worth

According to different sources online, Francis Uzoho has an estimated net worth of $1 million.

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