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Last Updated: Monday, 1 October 2007, 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK
Uche targets 'Pichichi' trophy
By Farayi Mungazi

Uche Ikechukwu
Uche has set his sights on the Pichichi trophy
Ikechuwku Uche has told BBC Sport that he is looking forward to the challenge of helping Getafe become a major force in Spain's top division.

The 23-year-old Nigerian striker joined Getafe after four relatively succesful seasons with Recreativo de Huelva.

"It's always difficult to adapt when you change clubs but I'm very happy with the move I made," Uche said.

He added: "Everyone at the club is doing everything to make things easy for me and I'm glad I joined Getafe."

Uche scored eight goals in 31 matches for Recreativo in his debut season in the top flight of Spanish football.

The season before, he helped his former club get promoted from the Spanish second division with a haul of 20 goals.

He is now aiming to win one of the most coveted prizes in Spanish football - the Pichichi trophy awarded to the top goal scorer.

"It's one of my dreams in football to win the Pichichi but I know it's not easy.

"It takes a lot of hard work and the most important thing is for me to be lucky and not get injured."
Racism affects your confidence as a player because nobody likes being insulted
Ikechuwku Uche

When asked for his opinion about the racist abuse directed towards black players in Spain in recent months, Uche said it was difficult to change people's perceptions.

"Racism affects your confidence as a player because nobody likes being insulted.

"At the beginning it used to affect me a lot but now I understand that there is not a lot I can do as an individual to stop it.

"There are other people whose duty it is to stop the racism but this is all about educating people to accept each other.

"Spain is generally a very good country to live in because not everyone is racist, and those who insult Africans do so just to distract us.

"As foreigners, we have to accept that not everybody is going to like us instead of getting distracted."

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