Ibrahim Kargbo

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Ibrahim Kargbo
Obreh 4 Sept 2008.jpg
Kargbo after a training session with the national team of Sierra Leone, 4 September 2008
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-04-10) 10 April 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Freetown, Sierra Leone
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Centre Back
Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Dulwich Hamlet
Youth career
1990–1995 Old Edwardians[1]
1996 East End Lions
1996–1997 Östers IF
1997–1998 Degerfors IF
1998–1999 IF Brommapojkarna
1999–2000 Feyenoord
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 RWD Molenbeek 59 (0)
2002–2005 Charleroi 80 (1)
2005–2006 Malatyaspor 1 (0)
2006 Brussels 26 (1)
2006–2010 Willem II 117 (3)
2010–2013 Baku 76 (1)
2013 RWDM Brussels 1 (0)
2014−2015 Atlético 37 (1)
2015 Barkingside
2015–2016 Thamesmead Town
2016 Welling United 10 (0)
2016– Dulwich Hamlet 21 (0)
National team
2000– Sierra Leone 34 (1[2])
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 March 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2013

Ibrahim Obreh Kargbo (born 10 April 1982, in Freetown) is a Sierra Leonean international football player, who currently plays for Dulwich Hamlet in the Isthmian League Premier Division. Previously, he was suspended over allegations of match-fixing.[3]

Career[edit]

Former teams are Old Edwardians F.C., Feyenoord Rotterdam, RWD Molenbeek, Sporting Charleroi, Malatyaspor, FC Brussels and Willem II. During his time at Willem II he was a key player. He played more than 100 matches for the Dutch side and then moved to FC Baku when his contract had expired. In August 2013, he joined his former team Brussels but decided to terminate his contract a month later.[4]

On 11 July 2014, Kargbo went on trial with Swindon Town along with Elikem Amenku after his release from West Bromwich Albion,[5] although he did not sign for the club. Instead, Kargbo signed for Atlético.[6] He later played for Barkingside and Thamesmead Town, before signing for Welling United in February 2016.[7][8]

After making 10 appearances for Welling in their unsuccessful attempt to stay in the National League, Kargbo signed for Dulwich Hamlet of the Isthmian League Premier Division ahead of the 2016−17 season.[9]

Position[edit]

He plays as a defender or Defensive Midfielder.

International career[edit]

Kargbo is first choice defender for the Sierra Leone national football team and he succeeded Mohamed Kallon as the Leone Stars' national team captain.

Legal trouble[edit]

While playing a 2009 match for Willem II, he was racially abused by Austrian player Marko Arnautović.[10]

In July 2014, Kargbo was among 15 players and officials suspended from international football, along with Ibrahim Koroma, Samuel Barlay and Christian Caulker over allegations of match-fixing relating to a Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in 2008 against South Africa which ended 0-0.[11] Allegedly, he was also involved in match fixing during his time at Willem II, serving as the main contact for a gambling syndicate and selling them losses against AFC Ajax and Feyenoord; Kargbo has denied the allegations.[12][13] His ban was lifted in 2015.[7]

On 15 Feb 2016 however the Royal Dutch Football Association reported it had found evidence of Kargbo being actively involved in match fixing, specifically in a match against FC Utrecht on 9 August 2009 (which Willem II lost 1–0).[14] Kargbo is now banned from playing football in the Netherlands.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 25 April 2013
Club statistics
Season Club League League Cup League Cup Other Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006-07 Willem II Eredivisie 32 1 0 0 32 1
2007-08 29 2 0 0 29 2
2008-09 30 0 0 0 30 0
2009-10 25 0 0 0 25 0
Azerbaijan League Azerbaijan Cup League Cup Europe Total
2010–11[15] Baku Azerbaijan Premier League 25 0 5 0 2 0 32 0
2011–12[16] 28 0 5 0 33 0
2012–13[17] 23 1 2 0 2 0 27 1
Total Netherlands 116 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 116 3
Azerbaijan 76 1 12 0 0 0 4 0 92 1
Total 76 1 12 0 0 0 4 0 92 1

Honours[edit]

Azerbaijan Baku

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sport/Foot Magazine, Spécial Compétition 2004-2005
  2. ^ Ibrahim Kargbo at National-Football-Teams.com
  3. ^ “Bakı” növbəti transferini reallaşdırdı
  4. ^ "Sierra Leone: Obreh Terminates Contract With RWDM Brussels". Sahr Morris Jr. allAfrica. 9 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sierra Leone skipper on trial at Town". Gazette and Herald. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Ibrahim Kargbo signs for Atlético Clube de Portugal Sierra Express Media, 2 August 2014
  7. ^ a b c Ibrahim Kargbo: Welling sign player facing fixing claims in Netherlands BBC Sport, 26 February 2016
  8. ^ Ex-Sierra Leone skipper joins Wings National League
  9. ^ Sierra Leonean Kargbo joins English side Dulwich Hamlet, BBC Sport, 29 May 2016]
  10. ^ Ronaldo Assis de Moreira. "Racism in Holland: "[Marko Arnautovic] called me a nigger" - Ibrahim Kargbo". Bleacher Report. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sierra Leone match-fixing: Captain Kargbo one of 15 suspended". BBC Sport. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Goksyndicaat fixte duels Willem II" [Gambling syndicate fixed Willem II matches]. de Volkskrant. 17 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "KNVB: meest concrete zaak tot nu toe" [Royal Dutch Football Association: most concrete case so far]. NOS. 17 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Former Eredivisie player Ibrahim Kargbo faces match-fixing charges". 
  15. ^ "10/11 Season" (PDF). pfl.az. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 July 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "11/12 Season" (PDF). pfl.az. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "Premier League Stats 2012/13" (PDF). Peşəkar Futbol Liqası. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 

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