Uzoho playing for Nigeria in a friendly match against Argentina in 2017.
|Full name||Francis Odinaka Uzoho|
|Date of birth||28 October 1998|
|Place of birth||Nwangele, Imo State, Nigeria|
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
(on loan from Deportivo La Coruña)
|2017||Deportivo La Coruña|
|2017–||Deportivo La Coruña||2||(0)|
|2018–||→ Elche (loan)||3||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:33, 25 November 2018 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2018
Francis Odinaka Uzoho (born 28 October 1998), known simply as Francis in Spain, is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Elche CF on loan from Deportivo de La Coruña as a goalkeeper.
Born in Nwangele, Uzoho joined Qatari 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. In 2016, after impressing on a tournament in Barcelona, he joined Deportivo de La Coruña's Juvenil 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.
He withdrew from the national squad in November 2018 due to injury.
- Statistics accurate as of match played 26 June 2018.
- "Profile" (in Spanish). Deportivo La Coruña. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
- "Francis Uzoho". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
- "Amunike avala a Francis" [Amunike rates Francis] (in Spanish). La Voz de Galicia. 18 October 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
- "Francis Uzoho: "A veces extraño jugar en punta"" [Francis Uzoho: "Sometimes I miss playing up front"] (in Spanish). La Voz de Galicia. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
- "El Dépor ficha al nigeriano Francis Uzoho" [Dépor sign the Nigerian Francis Uzoho] (in Spanish). Riazor. 16 January 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
- "Una promesa nigeriana se entrena con el primer equipo del Deportivo" [A Nigerian prospect trains with the first team of Deportivo] (in Spanish). La Voz de Galicia. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
- "El Castilla sucumbe ante el Depor en tan solo veinte minutos" [Castilla fall against Depor within only twenty minutes] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 10 September 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
- "Eibar-Dépor will be remembered for Francis' debut". Deportivo La Coruña. 15 October 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
- Oluwashina Okeleji (16 October 2017). "Nigerian Uzoho revels in historic La Liga debut". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
- "El portero del Deportivo Francis Uzoho entra en la historia de LaLiga" [Deportivo goalkeeper Francis Uzoho goes into LaLiga's history] (in Spanish). Marca. 17 October 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
- "Francis renueva su contrato con el Dépor por 3 temporadas" [Francis renews his contract with Dépor for 3 seasons] (in Spanish). Deportivo La Coruña. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
- "Francis jugará esta temporada cedido en el Elche" [Francis will play this season on loan at Elche] (in Spanish). Deportivo La Coruña. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
- "Nigerian-born teenage goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho makes La Liga debut". Daily Post. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
- Oluwashina Okeleji (5 November 2017). "Deportivo goalkeeper Uzoho delight at Nigeria call-up". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
- "Argentina 2-4 Nigeria: Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi scores twice as Super Eagles win friendly in Russia". Daily Mail. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
- "Francis Uzoho". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 23 June 2018.