|Full name||Jaba Kankava|
|Date of birth||18 March 1986|
|Place of birth||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2010–2012||→ Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih (loan)||37||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 May 2017
Jaba Kankava (Georgian: ჯაბა კანკავა) (born 18 March 1986) is a Georgian footballer. He currently plays in Midfield for Reims, having previously played for Dinamo Tbilisi, Alania Vladikavkaz, Arsenal Kyiv and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
In 2004 Jaba Kankava Started his football career in Dinamo Tbilisi, where Gia Geguchadze was just appointed as head coach. He started to create a new club with youngsters, so Jaba became a main member of them. In his first year, Kankava won Georgian Cup, and played successfully on European League. He scored the winning goal against Slavia Prague and qualified Georgians most titled Club - Dinamo, on group stages of Uefa league. After a successful season in Dinamo, Jaba moved to Alanya Vladikavkaz and played 12 matches. In 2005, Kankava changed club and signed a contract with Arsenal Kyiv. He played 24 matches and scored 4 goals. in 2007, Jaba agreed to sign a 3-year contract with new club Dnipro. Newly arrived Kankava was among the starting squad from the first games but he was fouled and given a red card against Dynamo Kyiv because of a tough tackle, so he missed several games and was among the bench players. After spending 8 years in Dnipro, he played 91 matches and scored 4 goals. From 2015, Jaba is the member of Ligue 1 club - Reims.
Kankava scored a goal against Croatia in UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying.
- Scores and results list Georgia's goal tally first.
|1.||1 March 2006||Ta' Qali National Stadium, Attard||Malta||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2.||16 November 2007||Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha||Qatar||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|3.||3 June 2011||Stadion Poljud, Split||Croatia||1–0||1–2||Euro 2012 qualifier|
|4.||6 September 2011||Ta' Qali National Stadium, Attard||Malta||1–0||1–1||Euro 2012 qualifier|
|5.||14 October 2014||Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé||Gibraltar||3–0||3–0||Euro 2016 qualifier|
|6.||25 March 2015||Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi||Malta||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|7.||12 October 2015||Red Bull Arena, Leipzig||Germany||1–1||2–1||Euro 2016 qualifier|
- As of 25 May 2017
- FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
On 20 March 2014, Kankava saved the life of FC Dynamo Kyiv captain, Oleh Husyev, after Husyev was dazed in a collision and his tongue blocked his airway. On 12 April 2014 before Dnipro played Metalurh Zaporizhya at the Dnipro Arena, Kankava was awarded the Order of Merit for his actions in Dnipropetrovsk.
- "Zestafoni make their move". UEFA.com. 2005-03-11. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
- http://www.gff.ge/index.php?lang_id=ENG&sec_id=303[permanent dead link]
- http://www.gff.ge/index.php?lang_id=ENG&sec_id=310[permanent dead link]
- "Dnipro's Jaba Kankava saves Kiev captain's life after he swallows tongue". The Guardian. 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
- Dnipro footballer Kankava was given an award for saving Husyev. Ukrinform. 14 April 2014