George Elokobi

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George Elokobi
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Elokobi playing for Nottingham Forest in 2012
Personal information
Full name George Nganyuo Elokobi[1]
Date of birth (1986-01-31) 31 January 1986 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Mamfe, Cameroon
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Oldham Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Dulwich Hamlet ? (?)
2004–2008 Colchester United 39 (2)
2005 Chester City (loan) 5 (0)
2008–2014 Wolverhampton Wanderers 85 (2)
2012 Nottingham Forest (loan) 12 (0)
2012 Bristol City (loan) 1 (0)
2014– Oldham Athletic 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:13, 20 August 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

George Nganyuo Elokobi (born 31 January 1986) is a Cameroonian footballer who plays as a defender for English League One club Oldham Athletic.

Elokobi moved from his native Cameroon to England aged 16 and soon entered non-league football. He was signed by league club Colchester United in 2004, where he caught the attention of Wolverhampton Wanderers to whom he moved in 2008. He was part of their promotion-winning squad to the Premier League the following year, playing over fifty games in the top flight,[3] and remaining with the club until 2014.

Early years[edit]

Elokobi was born in Mamfe, Cameroon.[4] He was aged 11 when he lost both his father (to diabetes) and a grandfather. In that same year he was left to live with his grandmother, while his mother moved to England to study. Having gained her qualifications, she found work and was able to send her son to one of the best boarding schools in Cameroon (St. Joseph's College Sasse). At the age of 16 he moved to London to join her, at first attending college to study business, IT and sociology. However, his football career soon took off as his main focus.[5]

Club career[edit]

Move to England[edit]

Soon after arriving in the UK in 2002, and while living in Welling, Elokobi joined non-League Dulwich Hamlet, before stepping up to league football with Colchester United in June 2004.[6] He did not feature for the team in his first season and was loaned to Chester City for a month in early 2005, working under Ian Rush.[7] He made five appearances for Chester, including his professional debut against Swansea City on 29 January 2005. However, the spell did not go well with Chester losing all five games and Elokobi being sent off in his final appearance for the club at Shrewsbury Town.

He made a further 10 league appearances in the 2006–07 season as the team consolidated itself in the Championship, and went on to establish himself as a regular first team player in the early months of the following campaign. However, he was later dropped from the team for several matches, prompting him to hand in a transfer request.[8]

Wolves[edit]

Elokobi's transfer request at Colchester alerted fellow Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers to sign him in a two-and-a-half-year deal for £300,000 on 31 January 2008.[9][10] He quickly became first-choice left-back at Molineux, but his run in the side was ended when he suffered a knee-ligament injury just three games into the 2008–09 season.[11] The injury kept him on the sidelines until the final game of the season at home to Doncaster Rovers, after which the club lifted the Championship trophy having been promoted to the Premier League after a five-year absence.[12]

The defender appeared regularly for Wolves in the Premier League, largely competing with Stephen Ward for the left back role. He scored his first Wolves goal in a League Cup tie against Manchester United on 26 October 2010.[13] His first league goal for the club also came against Manchester United on 5 February 2011. He also claimed the second and the winning goal in that game, which caused a friendly dispute with teammate Kevin Doyle to whom the goal was ultimately awarded.[14]

In February 2012, Elokobi joined Championship side Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of the 2011–12 season. He made twelve appearances for the club as they managed to pull clear of the relegation battle they had been part of for much of the campaign.[15]

Since the arrival of Ståle Solbakken as Wolves manager, Elokobi was not used in the starting line-up during a league match. To gain playing time he signed on a 93-day emergency loan for Championship side Bristol City on 26 September.[16] However, he fractured and dislocated his ankle on his debut against Leeds causing him to miss almost the whole of the remainder of the season.[17] He made his injury comeback in Wolves' final fixture, a game which confirmed a second consecutive relegation as they entered League One.[18]

Under new Wolves manager Kenny Jackett, Elokobi made only a handful of appearances as the team won promotion as League One champions. Shortly before the conclusion of the season it was announced that his contract would not be renewed.[19]

Oldham[edit]

Following his release from Wolves, Elokobi agreed a one-year deal with League One side Oldham Athletic on 8 August 2014.[20]

International career[edit]

In November 2010, Elokobi was called up to the Cameroon national team's training camp,[21] but wasn't capped. He was then selected for the squad for the 2012 AFCON Qualifier match against Senegal on 26 March 2011 and the friendly match against Gabon three days later. He was an unused substitute against Senegal, and the friendly with Gabon was cancelled only a few days before it was due to be played.[22][23]

Honours[edit]

Wolverhampton Wanderers

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 139. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Player profiles: George Elokobi". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 
  3. ^ "Player Profile: George Elokobi". Premier League. 
  4. ^ Goal: George Elokobi
  5. ^ "George Elokobi ready to flex his muscles for Wolverhampton Wanderers". The Guardian. 6 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Colchester sign Elokobi". BBC Sport. 28 June 2004. 
  7. ^ "Chester sign U's defender on loan". BBC Sport. 27 January 2005. 
  8. ^ "Elokobi wants to quit Colchester". BBC Sport. 9 November 2007. 
  9. ^ "Wolves sign Colchester's Elokobi". BBC Sport. 1 February 2008. 
  10. ^ "Wolves sign Colchester's Elokobi". Shropshire Star. 2 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "Season over for Wolves' Elokobi". BBC Sport. 5 September 2008. 
  12. ^ "Wolves 1–0 Doncaster". BBC Sport. 3 May 2009. 
  13. ^ "Man Utd 3–2 Wolverhampton". BBC Sport. 26 October 2010. 
  14. ^ "It's a Wolves domestic". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 8 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "George Elokobi joins Nottingham Forest from Wolves". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 9 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Bristol City sign George Elokobi on loan from Wolves". BBC Sport. 26 September 2012. 
  17. ^ "George Elokobi fractures toe on Bristol City loan debut". BBC Sport. 29 September 2012. 
  18. ^ "Brighton 2–0 Wolves". BBC Sport. 4 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "Elokobi to leave Wolves". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 1 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "George Elokobi: Oldham Athletic sign ex-Wolves defender". BBC Sport. 8 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "Elokobi a step closer". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 6 November 2010. 
  22. ^ "Wolves' International Watch". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 28 March 2011. 
  23. ^ "Gabon – Cameroon friendly canceled". Goal.com. 28 March 2011. 

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