Manuel Onwu

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Manuel Onwu
Personal information
Full name Manuel Onwu Villafranca
Date of birth (1988-01-11) 11 January 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Tudela, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
UCAM Murcia
Youth career
2002–2006 Tudelano
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Tudelano
2007–2012 Osasuna B 106 (23)
2007–2008Iruña (loan) 36 (19)
2008Alzira (loan) 4 (1)
2012–2015 Osasuna 31 (2)
2015 Dinamo Tbilisi 10 (3)
2015–2016 Lleida Esportiu 24 (10)
2016–2018 Lorca 41 (9)
2018– UCAM Murcia 27 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 December 2018

Manuel Onwu Villafranca (born 11 January 1988) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for UCAM Murcia CF as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Born in Tudela, Navarre to a Nigerian father and a Spanish mother, and raised in neighbouring Valtierra,[1] Onwu started playing with Club Atlético Valtierrano then moved to local CD Tudelano, making his senior debut with the latter in 2006, in the fourth division. The following year he signed with neighbouring CA Osasuna, being assigned to its B-team and going on to serve two loans in the lower leagues subsequently.

In the 2011–12 season, Onwu scored 11 goals in 30 matches with the reserves in the third level. On 11 March 2012 he made his first-team – and La Liga – debut, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 2–1 home win against Athletic Bilbao.[2] He made his first start two rounds later, in a 2–0 away victory over Levante UD (71 minutes played).[3]

In the summer of 2015, after a fleeting spell in the Georgian Erovnuli Liga with FC Dinamo Tbilisi, Onwu returned to his country and its third tier, going on to represent Lleida Esportiu, Lorca FC and UCAM Murcia CF.[4] He achieved promotion with the second club at the end of the 2016–17 campaign by netting eight times, but also dealt with injury and bureaucratic problems.[5]


  1. ^ Onwu, una promesa de futuro para el presente (Onwu, future promise for today) Archived 8 February 2013 at; Noticias de Navarra, 14 March 2012 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Bilbao brought back to earth; ESPN Soccernet, 11 March 2012
  3. ^ Euro dream alive for Osasuna; ESPN Soccernet, 25 March 2012
  4. ^ "Manu Onwu completa la delantera universitaria" [Manu Onwu completes the collegiate attack] (in Spanish). La Verdad. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  5. ^ Martínez Sánchez, José (26 December 2017). "Anuario VAVEL Lorca FC 2017: la delantera sin gol" [Lorca FC 2017 VAVEL yearbook: the goalless forward line] (in Spanish). Vavel. Retrieved 20 September 2018.

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