Dominic Chatto

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Dominic Chatto
Personal information
Full name Dominic Chatto Bashir Jamilu
Date of birth (1985-12-07) 7 December 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Kaduna, Nigeria
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 15
Youth career
Pepsi Football Academy
Highlanders Football Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Heartland FC
0000–2004 FC Sheraton
2004–2006 AS Racines
2007–2008 FC Inter Turku 47 (6)
2009–2013 BK Häcken 121 (1)
2014– Bodø/Glimt 27 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2015. † Appearances (Goals).

Dominic Chatto Bashir Jamilu (born 7 December 1985 in Kaduna, Nigeria) is a football midfielder from Nigeria who plays for Bodø/Glimt in the Norwegian Tippeligaen. He has played three times in Nigerian youth teams.


Chatto started playing football in the age of six. He developed into one of the most talentful players of his region and was always chosen to lead his team as a captain. Chatto learned to play football in Pepsi Football Academy in Nigeria. Before moving to Nigerian Premier League and Heartland FC he trained also in Highlanders Football Academy. In the league he succeeded so well that, in 2005, he was given a tryout in Blackburn Rovers. Eventually, he didn't get a work permit, because he hadn't played in 70 percent of national team matches. Despite this Blackburn and Mark Hughes wanted to sign a contract and send Chatto to Cercle Brugge for a loan. Chatto refused to go to Brugge, because he would had to wait three months to get a playing right for the Belgium league. After England, he visited Dynamo Kiev and Brøndby IF, but didn't get a contract offer. He chosen to go back to Nigeria and wait for new offers from European clubs.

FC Inter Turku[edit]

His professional career in Europe started in 2007, when Finnish Veikkausliiga club FC Inter Turku signed him. In his first season he was voted for the third best player in the league and was called up to the Nigerian under-23 national team. After the season he signed a new year long contract with the Turku based club. In the 2008 season, Chatto was linked with a move to Slovakian FC Senec, Serbian FK Partizan and Red Star Belgrade. The owner of FC Inter refused to sell without a large transfer fee and Chatto stayed in the club.[1] In the last match of the championship season Serie A club Atalanta B.C. was scouting Chatto. Even some Russian league clubs were after him and also FC Inter offered him a new contract and was hoping to keep the player. After the season 2008, Chatto was voted for Veikkausliiga players' player of the season.[2]

BK Häcken[edit]

In November 2008, Chatto signed a three-year contract with just promoted Swedish club BK Häcken.[3] Häcken had to pay a transfer fee to AS Racine, which still owned his rights. The transfer negotiations started when former Finnish international Janne Saarinen contacted Chatto via Facebook.[4] Chatto scored a wonderful goal against IF Elfsborg in a pre-season friendly.

In an interview before the Swedish season, Chatto said that Häcken is hoping for a survival in the premier division, but he hopes that they can reach a top five place.[5] And when the season was over, Chattos wishes had come true, Häcken finished on the fifth place in Allsvenskan

Career statistics[edit]

As of 4 May 2015[6]
Season Club Division League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2009 BK Häcken Allsvenskan 19 0 0 0 19 0
2010 26 1 0 0 26 1
2011 25 0 0 0 25 0
2012 27 0 0 0 27 0
2013 24 0 0 0 24 0
2014 Bodø/Glimt Tippeligaen 25 2 1 0 26 2
2015 2 0 1 0 3 0
Career Total 148 3 2 0 150 3


He was called up for Nigerian squad for the Intercontinental Cup in Malaysia, but didn't play in the team.[7] Chatto was near to play in the Olympic tournament in Beijing, but would have missed about ten matches with Inter and didn't make the trip.

Honors and awards[edit]


  • Finland

FC Inter Turku



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