Full name Ikechukwu Uche
Date of birth 5 January 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Aba, Nigeria
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker
Ikechukwu Uche (born 5 January 1984) is a Nigerian footballer who plays for Spanish club Málaga CF on loan from Mexican club Tigres UANL as a striker.
Known for his acrobatic goal celebrations, he spent most of his professional career in Spain, having arrived in the country before the age of 20. He amassed La Liga totals of 191 games and 42 goals over the course of eight seasons, representing in the competition Recreativo, Getafe, Zaragoza, Villarreal and Granada.
Uche appeared for Nigeria in two Africa Cup of Nations.
Born in Aba, Abia, Uche’s career began in his country with Amanze United and Iwuanyanwu Nationale. Aged just 18 he moved to Racing de Ferrol in the Spanish second division, appearing in 24 games in his second season, which ended in relegation for the Galician team.
Uche then joined another club in the country’s second level, Recreativo de Huelva, for a fee of US$300,000, and scored 12 goals in his first year, becoming the league’s top scorer in the 2005–06 campaign at 20 in just 28 appearances (with five braces), as the Andalusians returned – as champions – to La Liga after a three-year absence.
In his first top flight season Uche scored on eight occasions. Notably, he netted in three consecutive matches in November 2006 (with wins at Celta de Vigo and against CA Osasuna), helping Recre finish eight.
For 2007–08 Uche joined Madrid’s Getafe CF, mainly being used as a substitute. On 29 November 2008, also from the bench, he scored in a 3–1 home win over Real Madrid.
Uche’s older brother, Kalu Uche, is also a footballer. Also a forward, he too spent most of his senior career in Spain (they are not related to two other players, Uche Okechukwu and Ikechukwu Kalu).
His name, Ikechukwu, means “God’s Power” in Igbo.
Uche made a cameo appearance in the music video for Touchin Body, by J. Martins and Dj Arafat.