Uche Nwofor

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Uche Nwofor
Personal information
Full name Uche Innocent Nwofor
Date of birth (1991-09-17) 17 September 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Lierse SK
Number 19
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Anambra Pillars 19 (7)
2009–2010 Shooting Stars (loan) ? (6)
2010–2011 Enugu Rangers ? (5)
2011–2014 VVV-Venlo 57 (14)
2013–2014 SC Heerenveen (loan) 3 (0)
2014– Lierse SK 0 (0)
National team
2011 Nigeria U-20 9 (6)
2010– Nigeria 6 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2014

Uche Innocent Nwofor (born 17 September 1991 in Lagos) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a striker for Lierse SK in the Belgian Pro League.

Club career[edit]

Nwofor began his career with Power United also called Anambra Pillars F.C.[1] He left in summer 2009 to go on loan to Nigerian premier league side Shooting Stars F.C.[2] where he played for one season before joining Rangers FC.

Nwofor signed with VVV Venlo in August 2011,[3] despite being referenced as a target for the Portuguese club S.L. Benfica. [4] Following interest from other clubs, Reports monitored in the media suggested that Nwofor might be forced to abandon the contract which he previously signed with Venlo for a more lucrative one however Nwofor stated in an interview that he was happy to start life in the Netherlands as a professional player and resounded his wish to play for VVV Venlo.[5]

On 11 September 2011, Nwofor announced his arrival by scoring on his debut for VVV Venlo in a thrilling 3:3 home draw with PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch top-flight on Sunday. [6] In his first season he scored 4 goals in the Eredivisie.[7]

On 30 August 2013, Nwofor join SC Heerenveen on season-loan move. [8]

On 12 September 2014, Nwofor join Lierse SK on a free transfer, he has sign a one-year contact. [9]

International career[edit]

In April 2011 Nwofor represented Nigeria under-20 team where he netted four goals in five games to finish highest goal scorer of the 2011 African Youth Championship as Nigeria won a sixth continental title in Johannesburg [10] and he was named the Goal.com star of the week in the tournament. [11]

In August 2011 Nwofor represented Nigeria in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia. He was an instant hit, coming of the bench to score two goals in 6 minutes against Croatia,[12] Nigeria was subsequently knocked out by France in the quarter finals in a 3–2 thriller.[13]

Nwofor earned his first full-international cap for the Super Eagles on 3 March 2010 in a friendly game against the Congo DR national football team. He was also instrumental when Nigeria's B team beat Republic of Benin 4–0 in the WAFU Nations Cup.[14]

In July 2013, Nwofor was called up by the Nigerian national team for an international friendly match against South Africa in Durban on 14 August.[15] He scored 2 goals in the 49th and 68th minutes.

In the first of Nigeria's World Cup warm-up matches of 2014, Nwofor scored a last-minute equaliser to spare Nigeria's blushes against an in-form Scotland. The match ended 2-2. Nwofor made the World Cup roster when it was announced three days later.

Age controversy[edit]

Before the 2011 African Youth Championship, Nwofor's age became the subject of controversy.[16] When he played for Anambra Pillars in 2009, club's official website stated that he was born on 28 February 1989.[17]


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