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Nigeria striker Uche joins Indian side Pune

12 September 2015, 08:25

Abuja - Experienced Nigeria forward Kalu Uche has decided to start a new adventure by signing for Indian Super League outfit FC Pune City on a short-term contract.

The 33-year-old joins as a free agent after leaving Spanish Premier League outfit Levante at the end of last season.

FC Pune City have acquired the former Bordeaux and Al Rayyan star to bolster their forward line as they seek to pile pressure on leaders Rosenborg BK at the summit of the table.

Kalu has a contract till the end of the season.

The Rajesh Wadhawan Group and Hrithik Roshan co-owned Indian Super League club FC Pune City strengthened their attacking options signing former Bordeaux and Espanyol forward Kalu for the 2015 edition of the league.

Kalu began his professional career in Nigeria with Enyimba International FC.

His first foray in European football was in the Polish league Ekstraklasa representing Wisla Krakow.

Also read: Kalu Uche scores in Levante victory

In his stint with this top Polish club, he won three titles and the Polish Cup twice. He then represented French heavyweights Bordeaux on loan for 24 games.

From 2005 to 2011, Kalu went on to play for Spanish side Almeria. In his second year with the Andalusia club, he got the side their first promotion to La Liga. The former Bordeaux and Espanyol forward last played with Levante showing that age was just a number and he still has an eye for goal. He netted five times and assisted twice in 16 games for the club.

Kalu was delighted joining FC Pune City.

“Seeing some of the top footballers signed up with FC Pune City, I felt this would be a great opportunity as well a new challenge for me. I hope to share my experience with the Indian boys and help the team become champions,” said the Nigerian forward.

The additions of Kalu show FC Pune City's commitment to be strong contenders following the earlier deals of Adrian Mutu, Yendrick Ruiz, Tuncay Sanli, Didier Zokora, Steve Simonsen, James Bailey, Nicky Shorey and Diego Colloto.

Kalu will soon join the squad in Turkey where the team is currently training for their preseason.

- News24


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