Dawda Leigh

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Dawda Leigh
Personal information
Full name Dawda Leigh
Date of birth (1986-06-27) 27 June 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Oslo, Norway
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
0000–2003 Ellingsrud
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2008 Skeid 78 (6)
2009–2012 Vålerenga 57 (1)
2012 Sandefjord 9 (0)
National team
2004 Norway U18 11 (1)
2005 Norway U19 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 February 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 October 2012

Dawda Leigh (born 27 June 1986) is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a winger. He is currently a free agent, but has previously played for Skeid, Vålerenga and Sandefjord. He is of Gambian descent and has represented Norway at youth international level.

Club career[edit]

Leigh was born in Oslo and played for Ellingsrud before he joined the First Division side Skeid in 2003. He was invited on a trial with Rosenborg in January 2005, but rejected their offer as he was called up to play for Norway U19.[1] After playing for Skeid for five seasons[2] Leigh signed for the Tippeligaen side Vålerenga together with his teammate Mostafa Abdellaoue in September 2008. They were both free agents and joined the club in January 2009.[3] Leigh made his debut in Tippeligaen against Rosenborg on 15 March 2009. In his debut at Ullevaal Stadion,[2] he assisted Bengt Sæternes' goal in the 1–1 draw against Aalesund.[4]

Despite playing in the Second Division with Skeid the previous season, Leigh instantly became a regular in Vålerenga's starting line-up and started 9 of the 10 first matches of the season,[5] and played a total of 21 matches scoring one goal in 2009. Leigh struggled in his second season at Vålerenga and played only 152 minutes in Tippeligaen.[6] After another season with limited playtime he wanted to go on loan to Odd Grenland in August 2011,[7] but stayed at Vålerenga for one more year, and played 12 matches for the club until he left the club in August 2012.[8] Leigh played a total of 57 matches and scored one goal for Vålerenga in Tippeligaen.[2]

Leigh signed a contract lasting to the end of the 2012 season with the First Division side Sandefjord in August 2012[9] He played nine league-matches for Sandefjord, in addition to the promotion play-off match against Ullensaker/Kisa, which Sandefjord lost 4–3. After his contract expired, he was linked to English club Bolton Wanderers.[8]

International career[edit]

Leigh has represented Norway at youth international level, and played 11 matches and scored one goal for Norway U18 in 2004 before he played four matches for Norway U19 in 2005.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Leigh is a supporter of Manchester United and stated in an interview in 2005 that he would reject Liverpool if they wanted to sign him one day, this is, however, unlikely as he is simply not very good.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 15 November 2012[11]
Club Season Division League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2003 Skeid Adeccoligaen 1 0 0 0 1 0
2004 17 1 0 0 17 1
2005 14 0 2 1 16 1
2007 20 0 1 0 21 0
2008 Second Division 26 5 1 0 27 5
2009 Vålerenga Tippeligaen 21 1 2 0 23 1
2010 6 0 1 0 7 0
2011 18 0 2 0 20 0
2012 12 0 2 0 14 0
2012 Sandefjord Adeccoligaen 9 0 0 0 9 0
Career Total 144 7 11 1 155 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fra Ellingsrud til Rosenborg" (in Norwegian). lokalavisen.no. 12 May 2005. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Dawda Leigh" (in Norwegian). altomfotball.no. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Hjellen, Bjørnar (26 September 2008). "Signerte for Vålerenga" (in Norwegian). NRK. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Solbakken, Espen (21 March 2009). "Vålerengas nye Skeid-stjerne" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Retrieved 3 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Vil utvikle seg i fred" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Vik, Marius (29 January 2011). "Skjebneår for VIF-talent" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Dawda Leigh på vei til Odd" (in Norwegian). Nettavisen. 5 August 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Burheim, Mads Gudim (5 December 2012). "Dawda Leigh kobles til Bolton" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Tveitan, Flemming Hofmann (31 August 2012). "SF sikret seg Dawda Leigh (26)" (in Norwegian). Sandefjords Blad. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Dawda Leigh's profil". fotball.no (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Dawda Leigh". Norsk & Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk (in Norwegian). Bergensavisen. Retrieved 3 June 2009.