Clévid Dikamona

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Clévid Dikamona
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Personal information
Full name Clévid Florian Dikamona[1]
Date of birth (1990-06-23) 23 June 1990 (age 30)[2]
Place of birth Caen, France
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[3]
Playing position(s) Defender
Youth career
1997–1999 Caen Nord
1999–2001 US Guérinière
2001–2008 Caen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Caen II 33 (1)
2010–2012 Le Havre II 26 (1)
2010–2013 Le Havre 9 (0)
2012–2013Fréjus Saint-Raphaël (loan) 18 (0)
2013–2014 Sedan 19 (3)
2014–2015 Poiré-sur-Vie 18 (1)
2015 Poiré-sur-Vie II 3 (0)
2015–2016 Dagenham & Redbridge 27 (2)
2016–2017 Bourg-Péronnas 24 (1)
2017–2018 Platanias 23 (0)
2018 Bnei Sakhnin 0 (0)
2018–2020 Heart of Midlothian 32 (1)
National team
2008–2009 France U19
2016– Congo 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:34, 12 March 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:30, 14 February 2018 (UTC)

Clévid Florian Dikamona (born 23 June 1990) is a professional footballer who plays as a defender. Born in France, Dikamona represents Congo at international level.

Club career[edit]

Born in Caen, Dikamona started his career in 1997 with local youth side Caen Nord, where he spent two years before the club folded due to financial reasons.[4] He then moved on to US Guérinière where he spent a couple of years, also frequently playing against the youth teams of SM Caen.[4] It was in one of these games that he was spotted by scout Gilles Deshors and invited to play for the SM Caen youth side, signing for the club in 2001.[4] He progressed through the various youth sides and was promoted to the reserve side in 2008 at the age of eighteen.[4] He spent two seasons playing for the reserve side but was not offered a professional contract with the club after a dispute with the owners.[5]

He spent time on trial at Lille OSC and was offered a one-year contract, but signed for Ligue 2 side Le Havre AC after they offered him a three-year deal.[4] In his first season with the club he drifted between the first team and reserve side, making his professional debut in February 2011 in a 1–0 win over Clermont Foot, replacing Mody Traoré as a substitute.[4] In October 2011, he received a request to join Football League One side Sheffield Wednesday on trial.[4] Sheffield Wednesday were keen on completing a deal, however a fee could not be agreed and Dikamona returned to France.[4] In the winter break he returned to England with Football League Championship club Nottingham Forest on a one-week trial, however again a deal could not be agreed.[4] On his return he spent the remainder of the season with the reserve side.[4] The following season, he was close to signing for Championnat National side US Boulogne on loan but the clubs could not agree a split in wages.[4] In November 2012 he joined Championnat National side Fréjus Saint-Raphaël on loan until the end of the season.[4] He became a first team regular for the side that challenged for promotion to Ligue 2, but missed out on the final day to CA Bastia having only needed a point to secure promotion.[4]

Following the completion of his loan Dikamona was released by Le Havre and became a free agent.[4] He later signed for CFA 2 side CS Sedan Ardennes on a free transfer, who had recently been demoted from Ligue 2. He was a first team regular making nineteen appearances and scoring three goals as the side finished in second place, gaining promotion to the CFA.[4] He had the option to stay for another season with Sedan, however, he moved up a division to Championnat National side Poiré-sur-Vie.[4] He was a regular for the first half of the season but then picked up a thigh injury which ruled him out for the majority of the remaining campaign.[4] At the end of the season Poiré-sur-Vie were demoted due to financial reasons and Dikamona chose to leave the club and went to train with the UNFP.[4]

Due to his agent living in London, he earned himself a trial at League One side Oldham Athletic.[4] A deal could again not be agreed and he joined Football League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge in August 2015 on trial for a friendly match against Crystal Palace.[4] He impressed manager Wayne Burnett with his performance and signed a one-year contract with the option of a further year.[6] He made his debut a week later in the 4–1 away defeat to Charlton Athletic in the Football League Cup.[3][7] In May 2016 as his contract expired, he was released along with eleven players as Dagenham were relegated to the National League.[8]

In July 2016, after spending a week on trial at the club, he signed for Ligue 2 side Bourg-Péronnas on a two-year contract.[9] On 15 July 2017, Greek Super League club Platanias officially announced the signing of Dikamona on a two-year contract following his release from Bourg-Péronnas.[10]

After a spell with Israeli club Bnei Sakhnin, Dikamona signed a one-year contract with Scottish Premiership club Heart of Midlothian in September 2018.[11] He extended his contract by another year in March 2019.[12] Dikamona left Hearts in March 2020.[13]

International career[edit]

On 1 March 2016 it was announced that he would be called up to represent Congo for the forthcoming matches against Zambia. This comes eight years after he was called up to represent the France U19 football team.[14] He was called up to the Congo national football team for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification against Zambia in March 2016.[15] He made his debut for Congo in a 2-0 friendly loss to Morocco on 17 May 2016.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 12 March 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Caen II 2008–09[17] CFA 18 1 18 1
2009–10[17] CFA 15 0 15 0
Total 33 1 33 1
Le Havre II 2010–11[17] CFA 11 0 11 0
2011–12[17] CFA 14 1 14 1
2012–13[17] CFA 1 0 1 0
Total 36 1 36 1
Le Havre 2010–11[17] Ligue 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2011–12[17] Ligue 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Fréjus Saint-Raphaël (loan) 2012–13[17] National 18 0 18 0
Sedan 2013–14[17] CFA 2 19 3 0 0 19 3
Poiré-sur-Vie 2014–15[17] National 15 1 1 2 16 3
Poiré-sur-Vie II 2014–15[17] CFA 2 3 0 3 0
Dagenham & Redbridge 2015–16[18] League Two 27 2 3 0 1 0 3[a] 0 34 2
Bourg-Péronnas 2016–17[17] Ligue 2 24 1 0 0 1 0 25 1
Platanias 2017–18[19] Superleague 16 0 1 0 17 0
Heart of Midlothian 2018–19[20] Premiership 21 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 23 1
2019–20 Premiership 11 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Career total 232 10 7 2 4 0 3 0 246 12
  1. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy

International[edit]

As of match played 5 September 2017.[21]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Congo 2016 2 0
2017 2 0
Total 4 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EFL: Free Transfers: 2015/16" (PDF). English Football League. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 July 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Clevid Dikamona". 11v11. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b Clévid Dikamona at Soccerway. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Clevid Dikamona : Il y avait tellement de fans des O's, on se croyait limite à l'extérieur !". Hat-Trick. 25 August 2015. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Rencontre avec Clevid Dikamona, le solide défenseur central du Vendée Poiré-sur-Vie". Tribune 2 Foot. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Clevid Dikamona: Dagenham & Redbridge sign French defender". BBC Sport. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  7. ^ Clevid Dikamona – French league stats at LFP (also available in French)
  8. ^ "Dagenham & Redbridge goalkeeper Liam O'Brien one of 11 players released by club following relegation from the Football League". Barking & Dagenham Post. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Dikamona signs for Bourg-Peronnas". Diables Rouges du Congo. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Ανακοίνωσε τον Ντικαμονά ο Πλατανιάς". www.novasports.gr. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Hearts sign Congo defender Clevid Dikamona on one-year deal". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 September 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  12. ^ Elgott, Jordan (14 March 2019). "Hearts defender Clevid Dikamona signs new one-year deal". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Clevid Dikamona: Hearts defender ends contract to return home". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 March 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Football – Congo : Lechantre convoque Dikamona et Ipamy". 1 March 2016.
  15. ^ "Congo without Oniangué, Binguila for Zambia clash - 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers - Zambia". African Football.
  16. ^ http://drcpf.net/match-live-2/?ytmatchslug:maroc-vs-rd-congo-2016-05-28
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Games played by Clévid Dikamona - Foot-National". Foot-National. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  18. ^ "Games played by Clévid Dikamona in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  19. ^ "C. Dikamona". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  20. ^ "Games played by Clévid Dikamona in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  21. ^ "Clévid Dikamona". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 13 July 2016.

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