Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Michael Okechukwu Uchebo was born on 2 February, 1990. He is a Nigerian footballer, he plays as a striker. He has played for his country, Nigeria, at international level, he is popularly referred to as the new Kanu Nwankwo. He began his career in Enugu Rangers. Uchebo signed a three-year contract with VVV Venlo in October 2009. Venlo’s football director Mario Captien described him as physically very strong striker who is a target man at the front. Dutch Voetbal International.
Uchebo was a member of the Nigeria U-20 team and in August 2008 he scored his first goal for Nigeria in a match against Togo in the West African Football Union tournament. He also played at the U-20 2009 African Youth Championship tournament, scoring one goal in three matches. He was described in the media as the most sought-after player among the Nigeria squad in the tournament. In June 2011 Uchebo was called up by current Olympic team and National U-23 coach Austin Eguavoen for the crucial return leg of the Olympic qualifiers against Tanzania.
In October 2011 U-23 coach Austin Eguavoen visited the Netherlands and met with officials of VVV Venlo to secure the release of Uchebo to participate the inaugural edition of the CAF U-23 championship in Morocco. He received his first call-up to the Nigeria national team in February 2014. Michael earned his first senior cap on 6 March, in the 0:0 draw with Mexico in a friendly match, playing the first half before being replaced by Leon Balogun.
In the next of Nigeria’s matches, a 2-2 draw with Scotland at Craven Cottage, Uchebo played 55 minutes of the match. After Scotland had taken the lead, Uchebo equalised before the break with a mid-range deflected effort. His replacement was Peter Odemwingie.