Nwankwo Obiora

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Nwankwo Obiora
Personal information
Full name Nwankwo Emeka Obiora
Date of birth (1991-07-12) 12 July 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Kaduna, Nigeria
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Levadeiakos
Number 4
Youth career
2006–2010 ECO
2006–2008 Heartland
2008–2009 Wikki Tourists
2009–2010 Real Murcia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Internazionale 4 (0)
2011–2013 Parma 2 (0)
2012 Gubbio (loan) 18 (2)
2012–2013 Padova (loan) 14 (0)
2013 CFR Cluj (loan) 7 (0)
2013–2014 CFR Cluj 11 (0)
2014 Córdoba 6 (0)
2014–2016 Académica de Coimbra 38 (1)
2016– Levadeiakos 0 (0)
National team
2009 Nigeria U-20 4 (1)
2011 Nigeria U-23 4 (0)
2012– Nigeria 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 June 2013

Nwankwo Emeka Obiora (born 12 July 1991 in Kaduna) is a Nigerian footballer who plays for Levadeiakos as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Obiora began his career with Lagos based club ECO FC,[1] before he signed for Heartland F.C.. He left his club Heartland F.C. to join Wikki Tourists F.C. on loan in July 2008.[2]

He then left Heartland F.C. to sign a contract with Real Murcia on 11 May 2009[3] that ran through 30 June 2010.[4]

Internazionale[edit]

On 28 November 2009 it was announced that Internazionale signed Obiora from Eco FC.[5] At first the youngster was a part of Inter's primavera squad managed by Fulvio Pea.[6] Obiora made his first-team debut in a UEFA Champions League match against Tottenham in London, coming on as a substitute for the injured Sulley Muntari in the 53rd minute.

Parma[edit]

After not making an impact at the Milan club, Nwankwo Obiora moved to Parma on 31 January 2011 in a co-ownership deal for €300,000.[7] The deal was renewed in June 2011[7][8] and again in June 2012. He was loaned to Calcio Padova in 2012–13 season. Parma subsidized Padova for €200,000 in terms of premi di valorizzazione.[9]

CFR Cluj[edit]

On 6 February 2013, Romanian champions CFR Cluj announced that they brought the midfielder on a temporary basis, with a buyout clause to make the move permanent in the summer.[10] In June 2013 Parma also purchased the remain 50% registration rights of Nwankwo from Inter (as part of the return of Galimberti and Mella to Inter),[nb 1][9] in order to re-sell the registration rights to Cluj for free.[11]

Académica[edit]

On 23 July 2014, after a small stint with Córdoba CF in Segunda División, Obiora signed a three-year deal with Primeira Liga side Académica de Coimbra.[12] He made his debut in a 1-1 home draw against Sporting CP. Obiora scored his first goal for Académica on 1 November, in a 1–1 draw against Moreirense.

Levadiakos[edit]

On 15 September 2016, Levadiakos officially announced the signing of Nigerian defensive midfielder Nwankwo Emeka Obiora, who was recently released from Académica de Coimbra. [13]

International career[edit]

He was a member of the Nigeria U-20 squad which took part at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt, the 2009 WAFU U-20 Championship,[14] and the 2009 African Youth Championship in Rwanda.[15]

He was called up to Nigeria's 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.[16]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Internazionale

International[edit]

Nigeria

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The provision for co-ownership debt was €300,000, Parma received co-ownership income of €200,000 for the different of the actual price and the provision.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nigeria U-20 Midfielder Obiora Nwankwo Moves To Italy – Goal.com
  2. ^ Real Murcia sign Nigeria Under-20 international Obiora Nwankwo
  3. ^ Kick Off – South Africa Obiora to Murcia in July
  4. ^ Nwankwo joins Spanish Liga
  5. ^ 4–4–2.com – Nr.1 in Sachen Fussballnews: Inter wohl bald mit nigerianischem Talent
  6. ^ Primavera: mercato, Obiora per Pea
  7. ^ a b Parma F.C. S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2011. PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  8. ^ "Movimenti di mercato e compartecipazioni" [Market movements and co-ownerships]. Parma F.C. fcparma.com. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Parma F.C. S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2013 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  10. ^ "Bun venit, Nwankwo Obiora!" [Welcome, Nwankwo Obiora!]. CFR Cluj. cfr1907.ro. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Parma F.C. S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2014 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  12. ^ "Lucas Mineiro e Obiora são reforços da Académica". www.academica-oaf.pt. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "Στον ΛΕΒΑΔΕΙΑΚΟ και ο Nwankwo Obiora". www.levadiakosfc.gr. 15 September 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  14. ^ Nwankwo Lands Murcia Deal
  15. ^ The Times – Africa soccer prodigies on parade in Kigali
  16. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (10 January 2013). "Nations Cup 2013: Nigeria pick six locally-based players". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 

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