Thursday, 9 April 2009
Stefano Okaka Chuka
Stefano Okaka Chuka (born August 9, 1989 in Castiglione del Lago, Perugia) is an Italian footballer who plays as a striker for Serie B club Brescia, on loan from Roma.
Born in Castiglione del Lago, Umbria to Igbo parents who later obtained Italian citizenship, Okaka joined the Roma youth system in 2004, winning the U-20 national title in 2005, scoring goals against Juventus in the semi-final, and Atalanta in the final.
On September 29, 2005 he made his debut with the first team in UEFA Cup, playing against Aris FC, and thus becoming the youngest footballer to debut in an international competition for an Italian team. Stefano also scored his first official goal for Roma in a Coppa Italia match against Napoli, on December 8, 2005, with a powerful run from midfield and a precise shot to the left of the goalkeeper. He has since then appeared a number of times for the senior squad, scoring his first Serie A goal on September 17, 2006, the last of three Roma goals in a 3–1 win over Siena.
He was successively loaned to Serie B side Modena for the 2007–08 season in order to achieve some first team experience.