Jo Kuffour

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Jo Kuffour
Jo Kuffour 15-03-2014 1.jpg
Kuffour playing for Wycombe Wanderers in 2014
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Osei-Kuffour
Date of birth (1981-11-17) 17 November 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth Edmonton, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Arsenal 0 (0)
2001 Swindon Town (loan) 11 (2)
2002–2006 Torquay United 148 (30)
2006–2007 Brentford 39 (12)
2007–2008 Bournemouth 44 (12)
2008–2012 Bristol Rovers 130 (32)
2011 Gillingham (loan) 12 (7)
2012 Gillingham 18 (2)
2012–2014 Wycombe Wanderers 56 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:42, 10 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Jonathan Osei-Kuffour (born 17 November 1981), known as Jo Kuffour, is a professional footballer who is a free agent. He most recently played for League Two side, Wycombe Wanderers.

Club career[edit]

Born in Edmonton, Greater London, and after secondary school at St. Ignatius College, Enfield, he joined Arsenal as a trainee, winning the FA Youth Cup in 2000. He failed to break into the first team at Highbury and was allowed to join Swindon Town on loan in August 2001. His league debut came on 25 August as a substitute as Swindon lost 2–0 at home to Oldham Athletic. He left Arsenal at the end of the 2001–02 season and joined Torquay United, initially on non-contract terms, in October 2002, signing a contract in December 2002.[2] His Torquay debut came as a substitute in the 4–1 home defeat to Hull City. He quickly became a regular in Leroy Rosenior's side, scoring ten times in the 2003–04 side that won automatic promotion to the third tier of English football. He remained with Torquay, until 16 June 2006 when he joined Brentford on a free transfer, linking up again with Leroy Rosenior, despite having agreed to sign a new contract with Torquay earlier that month.[3][4]

Kuffour's club form was rewarded with a call-up to the Ghana squad for the game against Nigeria on 6 February 2006.[1] He was one of the few shining lights in a disastrous 2006–07 season for Brentford, scoring 12 league goals despite the team finishing bottom of the table.

Kuffour signed for Bournemouth on 19 June 2007 on a Bosman free transfer,[5] after rejecting a new contract offer from Brentford that would have made him the best paid player at the club. It was also revealed that he rejected a move to Huddersfield Town, because it was too far north and that he would only move north if it was to a Championship side.[6]

On 29 August 2008, Bristol Rovers announced they had signed Kuffour on a three-year deal.[7] He has made a massive impact at Rovers, including a volley at Leicester City and a last-minute equaliser against Leeds United. He finished the 2009–10 season as top scorer with 14 goals.

After a successful loan spell in which he scored seven goals for the Gills, including a hat-trick in the 4–3 win over Northampton Town and both goals as league leaders Crawley Town were beaten 2–1 on Boxing Day, Kuffour signed for Gillingham permanently until the end of the season.[8] At the end of the season Kuffour was released with team mates Simon King and Garry Richards.

Kuffour was released from Wycombe Wanderers at the end of the 2013-14 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Steve Claridge (6 March 2007). "Scouting report: Jo Kuffour – Brentford". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Gulls swoop for Kuffour". BBC Sport. 2 December 2002. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Gulls furious after Kuffour exit". BBC Sport. 18 June 2006. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Kuffour agrees new Torquay deal". BBC Sport. 8 June 2006. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Cherries sign Kuffour from Bees". BBC Sport. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Kuffour rejects Terriers move". The Ghana Football Association. 18 May 2007. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Kuffour completes Pirates switch". BBC Sport. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "KUFFOUR SIGNS GILLS DEAL". Gillingham Football Club. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 

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