Uche Okechukwu

Uche Okechukwu Biography / Profile

Uchechukwu Alozie Okechukwu was born on September 27th, 1967 in Lagos, Nigeria. Okechukwu also known as Gentle Giant, was a professional footballer who played as a centre back. He was also honoured as the foreign player who played in Turkey for the longest period of time (13 years), going on to obtain Turkish citizenship under the name Deniz Uygar.

Uche Okechukwu Age

Uche Okechukwu is 55 years old.

Uche Okechukwu Career

Okechukwu started his career playing for Flash Flamingoes and Iwuanyanwu Nationale (now Heartland FC), winning the 1988 and 1989 Nigeria Premier League with the latter. In July 1990 he moved abroad to join Danish club Brøndby IF, being signed by newly appointed coach Morten Olsen alongside teammate Friday Elahor. Soon a part of the starting XI, Okechukwu helped the team win the 1990 and 1991 Danish championship, and was one of the mainstays of the squad that reached the semifinals of the 1990–91 UEFA Cup

After appearing in the 1992 African Cup of Nations, where Nigeria reached the semi-finals, Okechukwu was linked to Turkish side Fenerbahçe SK for half a year, until he was bought in a DKK8 million transfer deal in November 1993. At Istanbul, he formed a defensive duo with former Brøndby teammate Jes Høgh, helping the club to its first Süper Lig championship in seven years in 1996. He played a further four seasons with Fenerbahçe, repeating league accolades in 2000–01. After nearly 250 official games he moved to fellow league team ?stanbulspor AS, returning in 2007 to Nigeria first with Ocean Boys F.C. then with Bayelsa United FC (joining the latter in July 2008, and retiring shortly after, aged 41).

He made his debut for the Nigeria national team at the 1990 African Cup of Nations tournament, in a 1–5 loss against Algeria in their opening game. For the remainder of the competition the Super Eagles'defense did not concede another goal, until they were beaten 0–1 by the same opponent in the final. Altogether, Okechukwu played 47 internationals, winning the CAN in 1994 (2–1 against Zambia) and the 1996 Summer Olympics. He also represented the nation in two FIFA World Cups, helping it progress to two consecutive round-of- 16 contests as he appeared in seven complete matches combined, only missing out in the group stage 1–3 loss to Paraguay due to having collected two yellow cards. Okechukwu retired after the 1998 edition's 1–4 loss to Denmark, having captained the squad on several occasions from 1996 onwards.

Uche Okechukwu Personal Life

After retiring from football, Okechukwu retired to his palatial home at Mgboko Umuoria Obingwa, Aba, in Abia State. But he and his brothers have since abandoned the place for fear of kidnapping and armed robbery which has become the norm in those parts. Even his dad, a monarch, is hardly seen at the home after he escaped being kidnapped a while back. The Ex-Super Eagles defender is now a professional hunter in Abia State.

Uche Okechukwu Awards

Okechukwu was awarded the Brøndby Player of the Year in 1992.

Uche Okechukwu Net Worth

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