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Tico
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Personal information
Full name Onyekachi Donatus Okonkwo
Date of birth May 13, 1982 (1982-05-13) (age 27)
Place of birth    Aba, Nigeria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club FC Zurich
Number 10
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
-2004
2004-2007
2007-
Enyimba
Orlando Pirates
FC Zurich
 ? (?)
43 (3)
27 (1)   
National team2
2006- Nigeria 7 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of May 2008.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of July 2007.
* Appearances (Goals)

Onyekachi Donatus Okonkwo or Simply Tico (born 13 May 1982 in Aba, Nigeria) is a Nigerian football (soccer) midfielder. His name, Onyekachi, means "Who is greater than his godly guarding?".[1]

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Club career

Okonkwo was a member of Enyimba's winning side in the 2003 MTN CAF Champions League and 2004 MTN CAF Champions League finals.

During his two-year stay in South Africa he was arguably one of the club's most influential players even scoring the decisive goal against his former club Enyimba to lead the Johannesbrg-based club to the 2006 MTN CAF Champions League semifinals.

At the same time he had a huge record of ill-discipline and unsporting behaviour. In August 2006, during a Telkom Charity Cup match against Bloemfontein Celtic, Okonkwo was red-carded but refused to leave the pitch and threatened to beat up referee Daniel Bennett and had to be hauled off the pitch by his team-mates. He also went AWOL on several occasions to attend trials at European clubs.

Okonkwo caused a stir in Europe by signing a pre-contract agreement with German side FC Koln only to leave the club a week later to sign a four-year deal at Swiss side FC Zurich saying that he had only ever agreed to a one week trial at the German team. Despite FC Koln's sporting director Klaus Horstman threatening to take the matter to Fifa in order for him to fulfil his obligations to his side, Okonkwo says he did not breach any rules in moving to Switzerland.

International

He won his first international cap for Nigeria in an AFCON qualifier against Lesotho in October 2006.

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