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Oguchi Onyewu to stay with Charlton Athletic

Oguchi Onyewu to stay with Charlton Athletic

Three days after Nigerian-American defender, Ogwuchi Onyewu made his first appearance for his new club, Charlton Athletic on December 26, 2014, in a 1–1 draw game to Cardiff City, his club announced that his contract had been extended through to June, the end of the 2015 season. (continues below... )

The Championship side signed on Onyewu as a free agent to a three-month deal in October, after center back, Micheal Morrison was sent on loan to Birmingham City. The deal was set to elapse in January, 2015, but from this new extention, Ogwuchi Onyewu will now remain at The Valley until summer.

The 32-year-old former AC Milan player has made just two substitute appearances for Charlton since joining in October, but manager Bob Peeters sees him as a key back-up to first-choice centre-back duo Tal Ben Haim and Andre Bikey.

Before he joined Charlton Athletic, Onyewu had a much more successful stint in the Championship with Sheffield last season, making 18 starts in the second half of the campaign for the Owls, before the termination of his contract. He has spent his 15 years career playing in different clubs across different continents. He is also a USA international player.

Onyewu was born to Nigerian parents of Igbo descent in Washington DC. He went on to play soccer for two years at Clemson after his education in Maryland and Florida.
He also holds Belgian citizenship and he is multilingual speaking English, French, Italian and Portuguese.

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