Professional Football Player
Ikechukwu Uche is a Nigerian footballer who currently plays for Real Zaragoza, as a striker.He spent most of his professional career in Spain, having arrived in the country while still not aged 20.
Uche's footballer career began with Amanze United and Iwuanyanwu Nationale. Aged just 17, he moved to Racing de Ferrol in the Spanish second division, appearing in 24 games in his second season, which ended in relegation for the Galician squad.
Uche then joined Recreativo de Huelva for a fee of $300,000, and scored 12 goals in his first season, becoming the league's top scorer in 2005–06, at 20 in just 28 games (with five braces), as the Andalusians returned, as champions, to the first division after a three-year absence.
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), as Recre finished eight.
For 2007–08, Uche joined Madrid's Getafe CF, mainly being used as a substitute. On November 29, 2008, also from the bench, he netted in a 3–1 home win over Real Madrid.
In July 2009, Real Zaragoza, recently returned to the topflight, agreed terms to sign Uche, subject to medical. He was presented officially on the 22nd, and signed a four-year contract. In only his second match, a 1–4 loss at Sevilla FC, he suffered a severe knee injury, going on to miss seven months.
Uche's older brother, Kalu Uche, is also a footballer. Also a forward, he too spent most of his senior career in Spain (they are not related to two other players, Uche Okechukwu and Ikechukwu Kalu His name, Ikechukwu, means "Power of God" in Igbo.