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 28)
Place of birth Tudela, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Youth career
2002–2006 Tudelano
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Tudelano
2007–2012 Osasuna B 106 (23)
2007–2008 Iruña (loan) 36 (19)
2008 Alzira (loan) 4 (1)
2012–2015 Osasuna 31 (2)
2015 Dinamo Tbilisi 10 (3)
2015–2016 Lleida Esportiu 24 (10)
2016– Lorca

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Onwu and the second or maternal family name is Villafranca.

Manuel Onwu Villafranca (born 11 January 1988) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Lorca 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 debuts 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 games 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] Two matchdays later he made his first start, in a 2–0 away win over Levante UD (71 minutes played).[3]


  1. ^ Onwu, una promesa de futuro para el presente (Onwu, future promise for today); Noticias de Navarra, 14 March 2012 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Bilbao brought back to earth; ESPN Soccernet, 11 March 2012
  3. ^ Euro dream alive for Osasuna; ESPN Soccernet, 25 March 2012

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