Uchenna Kanu is one of the most popular, educated, and richest Nigeria Super Falcons players. Born on 20 June 1997 in Abia State, Nigeria, the forward is part of the Super Falcons squad competing at the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand.
In this article, we'll explore Uchenna Kanu's biography, net worth in 2023, club and international career, salary in 2023 education and many more.
Uchenna Kanu biography
Uchenna Grace Kanu was born on 20 June 1997, mostly known as Uchenna Kanu, is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for NWSL club Racing Louisville in the United States and the Nigeria national women's team, the Super Falcons.
|Full name||Uchenna Grace Kanu|
|Date of birth||20 June 1997 (age 26)|
|Place of birth||Abia State, Nigeria|
|Current team||Racing Louisville|
|Net worth||US $5 million|
Uchenna Kanu early football life
She grew up from Abia State, Eastern Nigeria, where she was born to an Igbo parents who raised her in a Christian family.
Uchenna Kanu started playing around her neighborhood from an early age because of her love and talent for football. She decided to take it seriously at the age of 14.
Growing up to become a professional female footballer was not an easy one. Her family was a great support system and played an important part of why she stuck with football even when there were a lack of opportunities for girls in Nigeria.
Growing up she was inspired by the likes of Desire Oparanozie and Marta who she saw doing what she wanted to do. At 17, she got the opportunity to represent Nigeria in the FIFA U-17 and U-20 Women’s World in 2014.
Uchenna Kanu College career and stats
Southeastern Fire (2016-2020)
Uchenna Kanu spent her collegiate years at Southeastern University in Central Florida, United States, where she played college football scoring 115 goals in 55 appearances.
In 2019, she registered her 27th hat-trick during her collegiate career, making it onto the NAIA’s first team for the fourth consecutive year, and was the NAIA’s all-time leading goalscorer with 157 goals over four seasons which includes her time at Pensacola FC.
Uchenna Kanu education
Kanu graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management in the Southeastern University in Central Florida, United States. She mixed education with football while at Southeastern Fire.
After her graduation, she made the move to play football professionally in Spain, and became the first African to join the Sevilla women’s team.
Uchenna Kanu club career and stats
Uchenna Kanu signed her first professional contract in a short term deal with Spanish women's side Sevilla for the rest of the 2019/20 season.
Kanu made her debut for Sevilla women's team on 1 February 2020 as a 62nd minute sub against Barcelona in a match that ended in a 3-0 defeat for Sevilla.
She made six total appearances for Sevilla before the coronavirus pandemic brought the season to a halt. She left to sign for Sweden's Damallsvenskan side Linkopings in June.
In June, 2020 Nigerian international Uchenna Kanu signed for Swedish Damallsvenskan side Linkopings FC.
Kanu had an impressive season in Sweden scoring 22 goals in 42 matches over two years with Linköpings FC where her 17 goals in the 2021 season pitched her second on the league's top scorer chart.
Uchenna Kanu joined Tigres in January 2022. The 26-year-old had a stellar year at Tigres, where she scored 23 goals in 38 appearances to help her team clinch the Liga MX Femenil's Torneo Apertura trophy.
Nigeria international Uchenna Kanu completed a big money move from Mexican club Tigres UANL to American side Racing Louisville FC in February, 2023.
The Super Falcons star signed a two-year contract worth $150,000 with $30,000 in variables.
Uchenna Kanu international career and stats
Uchenna Kanu represented Nigeria's under-age team in the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
She made her senior debut on 8 April 2019, in a friendly match against Canada, where Nigeria lost 1-2.
She finished top scorer with 10 goals as the Super Falcons of Nigeria won a maiden WAFU Women’s Cup title in May, 2019 after defeating the hosts, Côte d’Ivoire in the final.
She featured for the eleven-time African Champions at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France subsequently in June as the country reached the Round of 16 for the first time in 20 years.
At the time of writing, Kanu has played 20 matches with the Super Falcons team, and has scored seven goals.
In June 2023, she was named in the Nigerian squad for the FIFA World Cup, 2023 for her second appearance in the women's biggest event.
On 27 July she scored Nigeria's first goal in the 2-3 comeback win over the Women's World Cup host, Australia, to set Nigeria on course for qualification into the Round of 16.
Uchenna Kanu achievements
- NAIA Player of the Year in 2017
- NAIA single season goals record with 57 goals in 2017
- Liga MX Femenil's Torneo Apertura trophy with Tigres
- WAFU Women's Championship winner with Nigeria in 2019
- Top goal scorer in WAFU Women's Championship in 2019
Uchenna Kanu net worth
Her net worth has been growing significantly from 2022 to 2023. We'll like to point out that Uchenna Kanu’s income source is mostly from being a successful football player.
Her estimated net worth and assets in 2023 is US $5 million.
Uchenna Kanu salary
The Super Falcons player earns an estimated annual salary of US $1 million in 2023.
Uchenna Kanu husband
Uchenna Kanu is single, not married and does not have a well-known boyfriend as she continues to keep her personal life outside the media.
Uchenna Kanu religion
Like most people of Igbo origin, she was born and raised in a Catholic family, and she still remains a Catholic at the time of writing.
Uchenna Kanu lives a private lifestyle. Much of her personal life is not known, what we do know is her dedication on the field of play, as she tries to score and make her team achieve their target.
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago