Association football player
|Birth||15 October 1984, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria|
Udochukwu Nwoko (born 15 October 1984) is a Maltese-Nigerian footballer who currently plays for Maltese First Division side St. George’s, where he plays as a midfielder.
Born in Abia, Nigeria, Nwoko moved to Malta at the age of 14 in the hope that it could one day lead him to one of the top leagues in Europe. He started his career at Hibernians. His main break came during the 2002–03 season, where he made 16 appearances for the club, but failed to find the net.
He then moved to Xewkija Tigers of the Gozo Football League in 2004, and transformed into a predator in front of goal. Nwoko hit 15 goals in just 17 appearances, and became one of the hottest prospects in Maltese football.
Following the successful spell with Xewkija Tigers, Nwoko found himself back in the Maltese Premier League joining Mosta for the 2005–06 season. He made 20 appearances and scored six goals for the club, but it wasn’t enough to save the club, and they were relegated by the difference of a point.
Despite the relegation, Nwoko’s form hadn’t gone unnoticed and was re-signed by his first club Hibernians for the 2006–07 season, getting another chance to play in the Maltese Premier League. He made 13 appearances with the club and scored one goal.
He then moved on loan to fellow Maltese Premier League side Marsaxlokk for the remainder of 2007. He made 11 appearances, but failed to score any goals; he did however finish the season as a part of the 2006–07 championship-winning squad and won his first ever Maltese Premier League.
In 2007, he moved to Portuguese club Leixões, where he marked his debut with a goal against giants Benfica. He was linked to a £1.25m transfer to the Premiership club Reading in January 2008, but an unfortunate injury at the short transfer window stopped the transfer. . Nwoko recently terminated his contract with Portuguese club Leixoes. He signed a short contract with a Brazilian top league club, on 21 March 2009 Clube Náutico Capibaribe in Brazil. In summer 2009, he signed for Panthrakikos F.C. in the Greek Super League, and left at the end of the season when the club was relegated. In January 2010, he signed for Doxa Katokopia in the Cypriot First Division, staying there for just 6 months before in June 2010, he signed for Pas Hamedan in the Iran Pro League.
He signed for Floriana in January 2013.
Nwoko has recently moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and is playing for Division 1 side, Central City Breakers Guildford FC.
Nwoko was called up by Malta for the first time ahead of a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying matches against Hungary in Budapest on 13 October 2007 and also played at home to Moldova four days later. He was available for selection after being granted Maltese citizenship in August 2007.
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