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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Where Are They Now: - Ugo Ukah?

Ugo Ukah - also known as Ukah Ugochukwu - is now with the Polish Club, Widzew Lodz joining them from
the Italian club, Giulianova Calcio. [There are various stories re Ukah in Poland, but they're mostly in Polish.] About the club Widzew Lodz See Also Ukah's career Stats
[From a match report
"Ugochukwu Ukah, the Nigerian-Italian who is itching to play for the Super Eagles, had another good game for his Polish club last weekend. The central defender hit a header against the cross bar as his club, Widzew Lodz, lost 1-3 at home to Wisla Krakow - Report

About 18 months ago, QPR announced that Ugo Ukah (Ukah Ugochukwu) had left QPR to join the Italian club Nourese Calcio. And that was that. The pre-season came; Squad numbers were handed out...Press pre-season previews listed Ukah as one of the players having been released by QPR.
Then suddenly, one day in a Reserve match, the name Ukah was the name of one the QPR Reserve players...And it belatedly came out that the Ukah transfer had fallen through and he'd been back at QPR. It was just never announced by the club.
In January 2007, he was released a second time and joined the Italian Club

May 22nd 2006: QPR Announcement on its Official Site:
The Club can confirm that Ugo Ukah has today joined Italian outfit Nourese Calcio on a free transfer.
Ukah, who made just two appearances for the R's, has signed a three year contract with the Serie C2 side.
Chairman Gianni Paladini confirmed the news to qpr.co.uk: "We've negotiated a fifty per-cent sell-on clause and we wish him all the best.''
The Nigerian defender, who joined the club in the summer of 2005, figured in back-to-back 3-0 defeats against Coventry City and Northampton Town in August.
'.....Stay tuned for qpr.co.uk for all the breaking news! QPR

Defender Ugo Ukah has joined Italian side Nourese Calcio after failing to make an impact at QPR. Nigerian-born Ukah, lured to Loftus Road last summer, has penned a three-year deal with the Serie C2 side after making just two appearances for Rangers.
SPorting Life

QPR Official Site January 2007- Ukah Leaves -QPR have terminated defender Ugo Ukah's contract with immediate effect.
The 22 year-old - who made just two appearances in all competitions since signing for the R's in the summer of 2005 - follows Egutu Oliseh and Ian Evatt out of the Loftus Road exit door." QPR

Ugo Ukah's QPR Timeline

August 2005, Ukah Plays for QPR on trial in Ibiza Tournament

July 20, 2005 - Ukah Signs for QPR on a free, apparently from the Italian club, Pro Vasta

January 2006: Holloway announces Ukah leaving

April 2006: Ukah one of the players Waddock announces is being released.

May 2006: QPR Announce Ukah's has gone to Italy.

November 2006: Ukah's name suddenly pops up as playing for QPR Reserves

November 25, 2006 - Ukah's name listed on the back of the QPR Programme, with the #40 shirt. (Official Site list of players does NOT currently list Ukah - Playing Squad)

BBC July 20, 2005 - QPR swoop for Nigerian defender
QPR have signed Nigerian defender Ugo Ukah on a three-year contract following a successful trial. Ukah, 21, played in Rangers' recent victory in the pre-season Copa de Ibiza tournament, and impressed boss Ian Holloway enough to earn a deal.
"Every day in training I give my all to improve, and Ian Holloway seems to like that," Ukah told the club's website. "I enjoyed my time in Ibiza, and to play in the final against Coventry there was amazing." BBC

QPR Official Site 2005-2006 Season

Name: Ugo Ukah
Nationality: Nigerian
Date of Birth: 18/01/1984
Height: 6' 0" (183cm)
Weight: 12st 11lbs (81.26kg)
Previous Clubs: QPR
QPR completed the signing of Ugo Ukah on a three year deal after a successful trial with the club.
Despite a series of promising outings for the Reserves, Ukah - who can play in the centre of defence or at right back - has failed to make the breakthrough to first team level and was placed on the transfer list by Gary Waddock in April 2006.

BBC - Janaury 4, 2006 Ukah going as Holloway wields axe
An attempted clear-out is imminent at Loftus Road
Defender Ugo Ukah has been told he can leave Queens Park Rangers.
The Nigerian has made just two first-team appearances since being brought to the club by chairman Gianni Paladini last summer.
Manager Ian Holloway is set to tell at least four other players they are not in his plans and should move on.
"Some lads haven't done it for me. I've told Ugo that he can go and I'll be telling others the same. We need to move forward," said Holloway.
"I want to add to the squad. If I can't buy anyone I'll at least look to bring people in on loan." BBC

April 28, 2006 - QPR Official Site Players Released
Today, following talks with Gary Waddock, several players have been released from Queens Park Rangers.
Those who still have contracts outstanding will be placed on the transfer list and those who have come to the end of their deals will be released.
Georges Santos, Richard Langley, Sammy Youssouf, Marcin Kus, Ryan Johnson and Luke Townsend will not be offered new deals by the club.
Stefan Moore, Tommy Doherty, Ian Evatt, Ugo Ukah, Marcus Bignot, Steve Lomas, Matthew Hislop and Marc Bircham will all be placed on the transfer list....
Official Site

July 21, 2005 Football: QPR contract for Ukah after trial
Independent, The (London), Jul 21, 2005
The Nigerian defender Ugo Ukah has signed a three-year deal with Queen's Park Rangers following a trial spell. The 21-year-old, who played for Italian club Reggina last season, was involved in Rangers' victory in the Copa de Ibiza, and impressed the manager Ian Holloway enough to be given a contract. 'Every day in training I give my all to improve, and Ian Holloway seems to like that,' Ukah said.

SkySports Olly wants assurances
By Alex Dunn - Created on 14 Sep 2005

Queens Park Rangers boss Ian Holloway is to seek assurances from the club's hierarchy before putting pen-to-paper on a new five-year deal....
The popular chief is unhappy that some of the players brought into the club in the summer were not those hand picked by himself..."In the summer there were three players (believed to be Mauro Milanese, Ugo Ukah and Marc Nygaard) signed who I don't know much about - and that can't be right. "I will back my judgement (of players) all day long, and I don't need people telling me what to do.... Sky

November/ 2005 QPR Board Q&A with Paladini
Q: What is the truth behind the stories that you signed players over the head of Holloway?
A:My background is an agent and I know many players. We couldn't afford many players in England so we looked abroad. I brought over Milanese, Nygaard and Ukah. Ian Holloway was able to look at them before they were signed. Q&A

Dave's Queens Park Rangers Site- 32. Ugo Ukah
"... The deal came about after Ukah's previous club Reggina ran into financial problems in Italy. Ukah was ironically sharing a room with Dan Shittu on a Nigerian tour of London when he got the call from Gianni Paladini to join QPR on trial, which he gratefully accepted. Paladini had become aware of the 21 year old after he impressed in an under 21 tournament in Italy and Rangers beat off competition from several Italian clubs including Parma to get their man..."
- Dave's Queens Park Rangers

Also: QPR Report November 2006 "The Puzzling Return to QPR of Ugo Ukah"Ugo Ukah Past

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