Francis Odinaka Uzoho known simply as Francis in Spain, is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Deportivo de La Coruña as a goalkeeper.
NAME: Francis Odinaka Uzoho
DATE OF BIRTH: 28 October 1998
PLACE OF BIRTH: Nwangele, Imo State, Nigeria
CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Born in Nwangele, Uzoho joined Qatari Aspire Academy in 2013, aged 14; initially a forward, he was converted into a goalkeeper after being deemed “too slow” at the age of 12. In 2016, after impressing on a tournament in Barcelona, he joined Deportivo de La Coruña’s Juvenil squad.
Age rules meant that Uzoho could only become available to sign a contract with Dépor in January 2017; shortly after signing his contract, he started to train with the first team. Promoted to the reserve team ahead of the 2017–18 season, he made his senior debut on 10 September by starting in a 3–0 Segunda División B home win against Real Madrid Castilla
Uzoho represented Nigeria under-17s at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Aged only 14, he was an immediate backup to Dele Alampasu.