Football, Football player
Who is Uche Okechukwu?
"Uche" is a nickname for the Igbo name "Uchechukwu". He was also honored as the foreign player who played in Turkey for the longest period of time, going on to obtain Turkish citizenship under the name Deniz Uygar.
In July 1990, he moved abroad to join Danish club Brøndby IF, being signed by newly appointed club coach Morten Olsen alongside teammate Friday Elahor. Soon a part of the first team setup, Uche helped the club win the 1990 and 1991 Danish championship, and was one of the mainstays of the Brøndby team that reached the semifinals of the 1990–91 UEFA Cup. While Elahor was touted by some as the next Brian Laudrup, he would soon leave the club for Africa Sports, while Okechukwu would be named the 1992's Brøndby IF Player of the Year.
After appearing in the 1992 African Cup of Nations, where Nigeria reached the semi-finals, Uche was chased by Turkish club Fenerbahçe for half a year, until he was bought in a DKK 8 million transfer deal in November 1993. At Fenerbahçe, he formed a defensive duo with former Brøndby teammate Jes Høgh, helping the club to its first national championship in seven years, in 1995–96.
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