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 27)
Place of birth Kaduna, Nigeria
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 4
Youth career
2006–2010 ECO
2008–2009Wikki Tourists
2009–2010Real Murcia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Internazionale 4 (0)
2011–2013 Parma 2 (0)
2012Gubbio (loan) 18 (2)
2012–2013Padova (loan) 14 (0)
2013CFR Cluj (loan) 7 (0)
2013–2014 CFR Cluj 11 (0)
2014 Córdoba 6 (0)
2014–2016 Académica de Coimbra 38 (1)
2016–2018 Levadiakos 13 (0)
2018– Boavista 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 as a defensive midfielder for Boavista.

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]


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.


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]


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.


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]







  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.


  1. ^ "Nigeria U-20 Midfielder Obiora Nwankwo Moves To Italy | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  2. ^ "Best Football Cleats". Football Central. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  3. ^ "Kick Off – South Africa Obiora to Murcia in July". Archived from the original on 11 May 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2009.
  4. ^ Nwankwo joins Spanish Liga Archived 13 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Fussball auf 4-4-2.com | das Schweizer Fussballportal". 4-4-2.com (in German). Retrieved 2018-03-28.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Primavera: mercato, Obiora per Pea". FC Internazionale - Inter Milan. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  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.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Movimenti di mercato e compartecipazioni" [Market movements and co-ownerships]. Parma F.C. fcparma.com. 24 June 2011. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. 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. Archived from the original on 9 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". Archived from the original on 30 May 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2009.
  15. ^ "TimesLIVE". Retrieved 2018-03-28.[permanent dead link]
  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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