Julius Wobay

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Julius Wobay
Personal information
Full name Julius Gibrilla Wobay
Date of birth (1984-05-19) 19 May 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Freetown, Sierra Leone
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Neftchi Baku
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 East End Lions
2003–2004 Onisilos Sotira 12 (3)
2004–2007 Nea Salamis Famagusta FC 61 (24)
2007–2010 Universitatea Craiova 103 (12)
2010 Aris Limassol (loan) 5 (1)
2011 Khazar Lankaran 19 (5)
2012 Al-Masry 0 (0)
2012– Neftchi Baku 31 (8)
2013–2014 Al Shaab (loan) 12 (1)
National team
2001– Sierra Leone 36 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Julius Gibrilla Wobay (born 19 May 1984 in Freetown, Sierra Leone) nickname Gibo, is a Sierra Leonean International footballer. He is a midfielder for Neftchi Baku PFK in the Azerbaijan Premier League and for the Leone Stars, Sierra Leone national football team.

Football career[edit]

East End Lions[edit]

Julius Gibrilla Wobay was born and raised in Freetown, Sierra Leone to parents from the Mende ethnic group.[citation needed] He attended the Ahmadiyya Muslim Secondary School in Freetown.[citation needed] He began his professional football career in his native Sierra Leone with East End Lions in the Sierra Leone National Premier League.

Cyprus[edit]

After the 2003 season, Wobay left the Sierra Leone National Premier League and signed with Cyprus side Onisilos Sotira where he played 12 matches and scored three goals. Then Wobay signed with Nea Salamis Famagusta FC, a club in Cyprus top division.

Universitatea Craiova[edit]

In January 2007, Wobay moved to Romanian Liga I side Universitatea Craiova on a four and a half year contract from Cypriot club Nea Salamina FC for $450k.[1]

Aris Limassol[edit]

Three years after his movement from Salamina to Craiova, Wobay comes back (on a loan until the end of the season) to Cyprus but this time for Aris Limassol. On 20/1 he signed his contract with Cypriot side.[citation needed] The deal doesn't include a summer buying option for Aris Limassol.[citation needed]

Khazar Lankaran[edit]

After returning to Universitatea Craiova for the first half of the 2010–11 season, Wobay went on to sign a two-year contract with Khazar Lankaran in the Azerbaijan Premier League during the winter break.[2] Wobay went on to make 26 appearances for Khazar, scoring 6 goals.[3]

Al-Masry[edit]

On 31 January 2012, Wobay signed for Al-Masry of Egypt on a contract till the end of 2011-12 season, and was in the stands watching his new club as the Port Said Stadium riot unfolded.[4]

Neftchi Baku[edit]

During the summer of 2012 Wobay signed a one-year contract with Neftchi Baku.[5] Wobay made his club debut in their 3-0 UEFA Champions League 2nd qualifying round 1st leg match against Zestafoni, scoring the second goal.[6] Wobay followed this up with a goal in the 2nd leg[7] and one in their 6-2 aggregate defeat to Ironi Kiryat Shmona in the third round,[8] which saw them knocked into the UEFA Europa League play off round where Wobay also scored[9] to help Neftchi reach the Group Stage of the UEFA Europa League for the first time. During the 2012–2013 season Wobay played in 31 league games, scoring 8 goals, and 5 cup games to help Neftchi win a 2013 League and Cup double.

Wobay has signed a new contract with Neftchi in June 2013,[10] before moving on loan to Al Shabab of the UAE Arabian Gulf League on a year-long loan in July 2013.[11] Wobay was deregistered by Al Shabab during the 2014 January transfer window.[12]

International[edit]

On 14 February 2001 Woobay made his debut for the Sierra Leone national team in a 2002 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Liberia in a match played in the Liberian capital of Monrovia.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 7 August 2014
Club statistics[13]
Season Club League League Cup Continental Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
2003–04 Onisilos Sotira Cypriot First Division 12 3 - 12 3
2004–05 Nea Salamis Famagusta 25 9 - 25 9
2005–06 22 11 - 22 11
2006–07 14 4 - 14 4
2006–07 Universitatea Craiova Liga I 14 0 - 14 0
2007–08 31 4 - 31 4
2008–09 28 3 - 28 3
2009–10 14 2 - 14 2
2009–10 Aris Limassol (loan) Cypriot First Division 5 1 - 5 1
2010–11 Universitatea Craiova Liga I 15 3 3 1 - 18 4
2010–11 Khazar Lankaran Azerbaijan Premier League 11 2 5 1 0 0 16 4
2011–12 8 3 0 0 2 0 10 3
2011–12 Al-Masry Egyptian Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Neftchi Baku Azerbaijan Premier League 31 8 5 0 12 4 48 12
2013–14 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2013–14 Al Shabab (loan) UAE Arabian Gulf League 12 1 3 1 - 15 2
2014–15 Neftchi Baku Azerbaijan Premier League 1 1 0 0 4 0 5 1
Total Cyprus 78 28 78 28
Romania 102 12 3 1 0 0 105 13
Azerbaijan 51 14 10 1 19 4 80 19
Egypt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
UAE 12 1 3 1 0 0 15 2
Total 243 55 16 2 19 4 278 61

Honours[edit]

Khazar Lankaran
Neftchi Baku

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Julius Gibrilla Wobay signed for Craiova". FC Universitatea Craiova. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Wobay a plecat la Khazar Lankaran" (in Romanian). www.evz.ro. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Statistika" (in Azerbaijani). FK Khazar Lankaran. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "EXCLUSIV | Wobay a fost în infernul din Egipt Mai mult: http://www.libertatea.ro/detalii/articol/Wobay-a-fost-in-infernul-din-Egipt-376963.html#ixzz2sRqupDhk" (in Romanian). www.libertatea.ro. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Canales contract extensions?". azerisport. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Neftchi 3-0 Zestafoni". UEFA. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Zestafoni 2-2 Neftchi". UEFA. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Neftchi 2-2 H. Kiryat Shmona". UEFA. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "APOEL 1-3 Neftchi". UEFA. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Wobay signed a contract with Inter". azerisport.com. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Wobay are Neftcidən". http://azefutbol.com/. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW: INS AND OUTS". UAE Arabian Gulf League. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Julius Gibrilla Wobay". National Football Teams. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 

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