Association football player
|Birth||18 April 1984, Kaduna|
Ikechukwu Kalu (born 18 April 1984 in Kaduna) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a striker for Singhtarua in the Thai Premier League. His name, Ikechukwu, means “Power of God”.
He started his career at Jasper United in Nigeria. He was signed by U.C. Sampdoria in summer 2002. After played one season in Genoa, A.C. Milan signed him on summer 2003 in joint-ownership bid for €1 million, and saw Luca Antonini move to opposite direction in joint-ownership deal (for €2 million), and sent him on loan to Pisa and Chiasso. He scored 28 goals in 44 games in two season in Swiss second division, which saw Sampdoria recall him in summer 2007. He made his Serie A debut on November 10, 2007 against Empoli F.C..
In June 2008, Sampdoria bought back Kalu from Milan for €250,000 and co-currently signed Paolo Sammarco outright for another €2.5 million. Kalu then sold to the Swiss side AC Bellinzona for €400,000.