The first choice goalkeeper of the senior national team of Nigeria Francis Odinaka Uzoho has agreed a season long loan move to relegated La Liga side Elche, Owngoalnigeria.com understands.
However the move still need to be ratified by the La Liga after Elche were thrown out of the top division in Spain as a punishment for not paying tax debts. A situation which saw them demoted to the second division despite finishing 13th on the table.
Already they have solved the issue of budgetary control to register midfielder Manuel Sanchez, who is now eligible to play in their next game, but despite agreeing a loan deal with Deportivo La Coruna for Uzoho, the move still need to be approved by the board of the La Liga.
Elche will immediately register Uzoho once they get the green light from the league body and he will automatically become their first choice goalkeeper with two youth team shot stoppers set to deputise for him.
They will discover their fate regarding Uzoho’s registration later today with the 19 year old who kept goal for Nigeria in Russia 2018 World Cup is also keen on the move as he has been told he would still remain third choice at Deportivo La Coruna despite his exploits in Russia.
A move away on a temporary plan will no doubt help him keep his spot as Nigeria’s number one goalkeeper ahead of the resumption of qualifiers for the 2019 African Cup of Nations.