Francis Uzoho, a Nigerian goalkeeper, has become the second youngest player to ever play in the Spanish La Liga. The former Golden Eaglets stopper, aged 18 years 11 months and 17 days, made his appearance for Deportivo La Coruna in their match against Eibar on Sunday. The former Aspire Academy of Qatar player made five key saves to earn a point for his club. He was chosen after first-choice Ruben suffered a finger injury. Coach Pepe Mel gave him the nod ahead of former Manchester City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.
At 18 years 11 months and 17 days, he becomes the second youngest player to play in La Liga this season, behind Real Madrid’s Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi – who made his debut at 18 years 10 months 27 days earlier this month.
Uzoho follows in the footsteps of Wilfred Agbonavbare and Peter Rufai as Nigerian goalkeepers to have played in the Spanish top flight.
The goalkeeper was part of the victorious Nigeria squad at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, albeit without playing a single minute at the tournament.