Birthday: June 20, 1997
Hometown: Abia, Nigeria
Pronunciation: Uchenna Kanu
Previous Team: Tigres UANL (Mexico)
Before Racing Louisville: Kanu joins Racing after a stellar year at Tigres, where she rang up 20 goals in 30 appearances for the Monterey, Mexico-based club, helping her team claim Liga MX Femenil’s Torneo Apertura trophy this past November.
Before her time in Mexico, Kanu impressed in Sweden’s Damallsvenskan, tallying 22 goals in 42 matches over two years with Linköpings FC. Kanu’s 17 scores in the 2021 season ranked second in the league. She also spent part of the pandemic-impacted 2019-20 season in Spain with Sevilla FC, making six appearances for the Spanish club.
International: Kanu has 10 goals in 12 appearances for Nigeria, including a sensational goal against the U.S. Women’s National Team in a friendly last September and two more scores at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations. Kanu represented Nigeria at the 2019 World Cup in France, starting the Round of 16 match vs. Germany after coming on as a substitute in the Super Falcons’ three group-stage games, and previously played in the U-17 and U-20 World Cups as well.