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King Paul Akpan Udoh

Nigerian-born Footballer Contracts Coronavirus

King Paul Akpan Udoh, a Nigerian-born Italian player, has become the first footballer to be infected with coronavirus .

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Udoh currently plies his trade with Pianese, an Italian Serie C side.

The Pianese forward was diagnosed with the disease on February 27, and he has been quarantined.

The 22-year-old started his career with Reggiana before moving to Juventus in 2011, where he was loaned back for a year.

After progressing through the youth ranks of the Old Lady, Udoh secured a loan move to Virtus Lanciano, a Serie B side, in 2016, with an option to buy at the end of the season.

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After failing to impress, he returned to the Italian champions, and then loaned to Lega Pro side, Pontedera, later the same year.

He had a loan stint with Pontedera, Fernana, Fano and Viareggio, before joining Pianese on July 14, 2019.

Coronavirus has spread from China to countries in Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and Africa.

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Italy is the country with the highest number of reported cases in Europe. Some Italian Serie A matches were postponed last weekend, as a preventive measure against the spread of the virus.

The federal government on Friday, confirmed the first case of coronavirus in Nigeria to be an Italian.

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