Habib Habibou

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Mouhamadou Habib Habibou
Personal information
Full name Mouhamadou Habib Habibou
Date of birth (1987-04-16) 16 April 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Bria, Central African Republic
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
K.A.A. Gent
Number TBA
Youth career
Paris Saint-Germain
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2010 R. Charleroi S.C. 51 (14)
2007 A.F.C. Tubize (loan) 13 (10)
2008 Steaua Bucureşti (loan) 7 (1)
2010–2013 SV Zulte Waregem[1] 75 (29)
2013 Leeds United (loan) 4 (0)
2014– K.A.A. Gent 30 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:13, 21 February 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Mouhamadou Habib Habibou (born 16 April 1987) is a Central African born football player who currently plays for Belgian side K.A.A. Gent. He also received a call up for the Central African Republic national side.

Career[edit]

Habibou started his career with Ligue 1 club Paris Saint Germain progressing through the youth setup. After failing to break into the first team he moved to Belgian club R. Charleroi S.C.. During his spell at Charleroi he joined A.F.C. Tubize on loan in 2007 scoring 10 goals in just 13 appearances, his form led to him earning a loan move to Romanian side Steaua Bucureşti in 2008.[citation needed]

Zulte Waregem[edit]

In 2010, Habibou joined fellow Belgian side SV Zulte Waregem from R. Charleroi S.C.. he was given the squad number 7 shirt. In 2011, Habibou joined English side Brighton & Hove Albion on trial, In December 2011 he also had a trial spell at West Ham United,[2] however he stayed at SV Zulte Waregem.[3]

After scoring six goals in 13 games in the first half of the 2012/13 season, Habibou interested Premier League side QPR and joined them on trial, also training with Leeds United.[4] After QPR signed French international striker Loic Remy the move for Habibou was put on the backburner as he edged closer to a move to Leeds.[5] With Leeds striker Luciano Becchio handing in a transfer request, Habibou was lined up as a replacement for Becchio in the January window.[6]

Leeds United[edit]

On 31 January 2013, transfer deadline day, Habibou completed his move to Leeds United on a six-month loan with the option to make the move permanent.[7] Habibou made his debut as a second half substitute in Leeds' 1–0 defeat against Cardiff City on 2 February.[8] Habibou's only start came in Leeds' Yorkshire Derby against Huddersfield Town. On 3 May, Leeds announced that they wouldn't be making Habibou's loan deal permanent.[9]

Trivia[edit]

In 2010 during a Zulte-Waregem game against Lokeren, Habibou grabbed and threw a duck over advertising hoardings because it had wandered onto the field.[10]

International career[edit]

Habibou was called up to the Central African Republic for 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Burkina Faso on 14 October 2012.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squad". www.leedsunited.com. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Habib Habibou training with West Ham". Sky Sports. 7 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "QPR considering swoop for striker Habibou as Redknapp seeks reinforcements". Daily Mail. 10 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Zulte Waregem striker Habib Habibou admits to being in talks with English club". Sky Sports. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Loic Remy rather than Habib Habibou to QPR". Sport Lavenir. 16 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Becchio nears Elland Road exit after Warnock moves closer to deal for striker Habibou". Daily Mail. 29 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "HABIBOU HAS THE CHANCE TO IMPRESS". Leeds United. 31 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Leeds Vs Cardiff". BBC Sport. 2 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "10 PLAYERS NOT OFFERED NEW DEALS". Leeds United Official Website. 3 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Owls, bats, the Highbury squirrel and kangaroos: it's the top 10 animal pitch invasions!". www.talksport.co.uk. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Central African Republic drops captain". Supersport. 9 October 2012. 

External links[edit]

Habib Habibou career stats at Soccerbase

  • [1] profile at Soccerway.com