Uche Akubuike

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Uche Akubuike
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-03-17) March 17, 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Akwa Ibom, Nigeria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997 NITEL Lagos
1998–1999 Jasper United
Gabros International
USM Blida
Canon Yaoundé
Hajduk Kula (loan)
B71 Sandoy (loan)
0000–2003 Gombe United
2003–2005 Julius Berger
2004–2005 Platinum Stars (loan)
2005 Dolphins
2006 Kwara United (loan)
2007–2008 Sharks
2008–2010 Wikki Tourists
2010–2012 Gombe United
2012 Enyimba
National team
1998 Nigeria 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Uche Akubuike (born March 17, 1980 in Akwa Ibom) is a Nigerian football goalkeeper. He plays club football for Enyimba.[1][2]

Playing career[edit]

He began his career in 1997 with NITEL Vasco Da Gama F.C., later moving in 1998 to Jasper United. After 1 year with Jasper United, he left the club and moved to Algerian USM Blida.[3] Afterwords he signed with Canon Yaoundé,[3] and also played on loan with FK Hajduk Kula in Serbia,[3] and B71 Sandoy in the Faroe Islands.[3] In January 2003 he transferred to Julius Berger FC,[4] and, later, he played on loan for Platinum Stars in 2005.

He controversially left the South African club after being arrested for visa irregularities.[5] He left Berger in 2006 and moved to Dolphins F.C..[6] Later in 2006, he moved on loan to Kwara United F.C.. After the loan returned for one month before moving to crosstown rival Sharks F.C.. On 14 February 2008 left Port Harcourt and signs a contract for Wikki Tourists.[7] AKubuike then played with Gombe United between 2010 and 2012.[8]

He signed for Enyimba in May 2012.[9]


He was called up by Bora Milutinović for the Nigeria national football team[10] as back-up goalkeeper in the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He has also played a number of friendly matches and has been part of Nigerian team in the African Nations Cup qualifiers. He was also part of the Nigerian team in the Hong Kong 4 Nations Tournament.


  1. ^ Photo from 2011 at Gombe Utd.
  2. ^ Akubuike joins Enyimba (MTNfootball)
  3. ^ a b c d Report: Uche Akubike in jail at news24.com, 7-9-2004, retrieved 1-7-2016
  4. ^ Nigeria: Berger Sign Akubuike, Nine Others ...retain 24 Players at AllAfrica, 25-1-2003, retrieved 1-7-2016
  5. ^ SA detain Nigerian goalkeeper at BBC Sport, 10-9-2004, retrieved 1-7-2016
  6. ^ ModernGhana
  7. ^ Wikki will be ready - Bosso at KickOff, 5-3-2008, retrieved 1-7-2016
  8. ^ Uche Akubuike at zerozero.pt
  9. ^ Uche Akubuike joins Enyimba at ghanamma.com, 7-5-2012, retrieved 1-7-2016
  10. ^ Independent.co.uk