Mustapha Jarju

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Mustapha Jarju
Personal information
Full name Mustapha Alasan Jarju
Date of birth (1986-07-18) 18 July 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Banjul, Gambia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Reggae Boys
Steve Biko Bakau
Racing Star
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Lierse 62 (23)
2008–2011 R.A.E.C. Mons 99 (34)
2011 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 10 (0)
2012–2014 R.A.E.C. Mons 68 (16)
National team
2002 Gambia U-17
2003–2005 Gambia U-20
2006– Gambia 27 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 January 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2013

Mustapha Alasan Jarju (born 18 July 1986), also known as Toubabo, is an international Gambian footballer.

Club career[edit]

Mustapha Jarju began his career playing with Reggae Boys, Racing Star, Steve Biko FC and Wallidan in his native Gambia.[2][3] Jarju would launch his international club career with Belgian club Lierse. In his two years at the club Jarju was a prominent member of the side scoring 24 goals in 62 matches.

As a result of his stellar play with Lierse, Jarju signed with R.A.E.C. Mons in 2008. While with Mons he appeared in 99 league matches and scored 34 goals. His best season with Mons was during the 2010/11 campaign in which he scored 18 goals in 31 league matches, helping the club gain promotion to the Belgian top flight. In total with the club Jarju appeared in 106 official matches and scored 37 goals.[4]

He would become the first African to sign as a Designated Player in Major League Soccer after signing with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on 12 July 2011.[5] However, it was not a good fit and Jarju and Vancouver mutually agreed to terminate his contract on 20 January 2012.[6]

Jarju re-signed with R.A.E.C. Mons on 25 January 2012.[7]

International career[edit]

The midfielder was previously the captain of the U-17 and U-20 national teams, as well as serving as alternate captain for Gambia[8] and scoring a goal for the national squad versus Liberia in the 2010 World Cup qualification first round.


  1. ^ "Football Database Player Profile". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Marc Weber (13 July 2011). "Toubabo is diamond in the rough". The Province. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Whitecaps FC add striker Mustapha Jarju". 12 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Gambia – M. Jarju – Profile with news, career statistics and history – Soccerway". Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "This page is available to GlobePlus subscribers". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Jarju and Davies move on | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". 20 January 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Toubabo Jarju rejoins RAEC Mons". 12 July 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Whitecaps add Gambian striker Jarju as second DP". 12 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 

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