Inspiring Story Of Francis Uzoho


Francis Odinaka Uzoho (born 28 October 1998), known simply as Francis in Spain, he is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Cypriot First Division club Anorthosis Famagusta on loan from Deportivo de La Coruña as a goalkeeper.

He was born in Nwangele, Uzoho joined the Senegal branch of Aspire Academy in 2013, aged 14; initially a forward, he was converted into a goalkeeper after being deemed “too slow” at the age of 12.

Uzoho represented Nigeria under-17s at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Aged only 14, he was an immediate backup to Dele Alampasu.

In 2016, after impressing on a tournament in Barcelona, he joined Deportivo de La Coruña’s Juvenile squad.

Age rules meant that Uzoho could only become available to sign a contract with Dépor in January 2017;

Shortly after signing his contract, he started to train with the first team, promoted to the reserve team ahead of the 2017–18 season, he made his senior debut on 10 September by starting in a 3–0 Segunda División B home win against Real Madrid Castilla.

Uzoho made his first team – and La Liga – debut on 15 October 2017, starting in a 0–0 away draw against SD Eibar.

At the age of 18 years and 352 days, he became the youngest ever foreign goalkeeper to debut in La Liga, and the second-youngest player to appear in the league during the campaign, only behind Real Madrid’s Achraf Hakimi.

In October 2017 Uzoho received his first call-up to the Nigerian senior squad.

He made his full international debut on 14 November, replacing Daniel Akpeyi in a 4–2 friendly win against Argentina.

On 24 August 2018, Uzoho renewed his contract for three seasons and was immediately loaned to Segunda División side Elche CF for one year.

In February 2019 he moved on loan to Cypriot club Anorthosis Famagusta, in the search for more first-team football in the run-up to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.


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