Kelly Youga

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Kelly Youga
Personal information
Full name Kelly Alexandre Youga
Date of birth (1985-09-22) 22 September 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Bangui, Central African Republic
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Crawley Town
Number 32
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Lyon B 27 (1)
2005–2011 Charlton Athletic 69 (1)
2005 Bristol City (loan) 4 (0)
2007 Bradford City (loan) 11 (0)
2007–2008 Scunthorpe United (loan) 23 (1)
2012 Yeovil Town 1 (0)
2012 Ipswich Town 0 (0)
2013 AFC Wimbledon 3 (0)
2014 Qingdao Hainiu 24 (1)
2015 Crawley Town 5 (1)
National team
2012– Central African Republic 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:10, 28 April 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:12, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

Kelly Alexandre Youga (born 22 September 1985) is a Central African footballer who plays as a defender for the Central African Republic national football team.

Club career[edit]

Youth and Charlton Athletic[edit]

Born in Bangui, Youga began his career at French club Olympique Lyonnais. He transferred to Charlton Athletic on a free transfer in July 2005 after finishing his school exams. Before playing a game for Charlton, in October 2005 he was loaned to Bristol City, where he played four times for the first team. In 2007, he was loaned to Bradford City until the end of the 2006–07 season,[1] playing 11 times for the club before his loan spell was cut short by injury,[2] as they were relegated from League One.[3] In summer 2007 he turned down a second loan to the club.[4] He subsequently joined newly promoted Championship side Scunthorpe United on a six-month loan deal.[5] He returned to Charlton in January 2008 after making 19 appearances and scoring once for the Iron against Barnsley.[6] He made his senior debut for Charlton on 5 January 2008 in the side's 1–1 FA Cup draw with West Bromwich Albion, before making his league debut for the club a week later on 12 January 2008 against Blackpool in a 4–1 win. Furthermore, Kelly Youga cemented his place as the regular first choice LB at Charlton Athletic. He scored his first goal for Charlton Athletic in a 2–2 draw away at Plymouth Argyle with a header.[7]

2008–09 season was Youga's most successful spell with Charlton Athletic, playing 36 games and scoring once. Also 2009–10 season started promisingly, Youga occupying a full back spot in the Charlton Athletic XI. However, Youga suffered a knee injury in November 2009 which limited his presence in competitive matches to 22 appearances in 2009–10.[8] After suffering another knee injury in October 2010[9] Youga did not play any games for Charlton Athletic that season except for one outing with the Addicks reserve side.[10] In May 2011 Youga's contract with Charlton expired leaving the left back without a club. Although Youga trained with Charlton Athletic in the pre-season of 2011, a new deal was not agreed.[11]

Yeovil Town[edit]

On 19 January 2012, Youga signed for League One side Yeovil Town on a short term contract until the end of the 2011–12 season.[12] On 31 March 2012, Youga's contract was terminated by mutual consent having only made one 45-minute appearance for Yeovil Town.[13]

Ipswich Town[edit]

On 13 November 2012, Youga signed for Championship side Ipswich Town on a short term deal until January 2013.[14] Youga's contract ran out in the end of January 2013.

AFC Wimbledon[edit]

On 11 March 2013, as a free agent, Youga signed for League Two club AFC Wimbledon. Dons manager Neil Ardley said of the signing that "Kelly can play anywhere across the back four," adding that he is "a player who was playing in the Championship at his peak so hopefully he can bring that experience for us."[15] Youga made three appearances for AFC Wimbledon before being released from the club with nine other players on 14 May 2013.[16]

Qingdao Hainiu[edit]

0n January 2014, Youga transferred to China League One side Qingdao Hainiu on a free transfer.

Crawley Town[edit]

On March 26, 2015 League One club Crawley Town announced they had made a short-term contract with Youga until the end of season 2014/2015 after a successful trial spell.

International career[edit]

On 2 June 2012, Youga made his international debut for the Central African Republic against Botswana in a 2–0 victory.[17] His second appearance for Les Fauves came in a 2–0 loss to South Africa.[18]


  1. ^ Parker, Simon (8 February 2007). "I'm the Beckham of Bangui". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 5 January 2008. 
  2. ^ Parker, Simon (23 April 2007). "Youga's City loan cut short through injury". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 5 January 2008. 
  3. ^ Parker, Simon (28 April 2007). "Woeful City relegated". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 5 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "Bantams fail in bid to land Youga". BBC Sport. 7 July 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Defender Youga joins Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. 9 July 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "Scunthorpe 2–2 Barnsley". BBC. 1 January 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Plymouth 2–2 Charlton". BBC. 8 November 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Kelly Youga Career Stats". Soccer Base. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Youga blow for Addicks". Skysports. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Injury casts doubt on Kelly Youga's Charlton future". South London Press. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Youga to return to Addicks". Skysports. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Kelly's rolling in at Huish Park". Yeovil Town FC. 19 January 2012. Archived from the original on 23 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered between 01/03/12 and 31/03/12". The Football Association. Retrieved 13 May 2012. [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Ipswich Town sign Kelly Youga on short-term deal". BBC Sport. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "The Dons sign defender". AFC Wimbledon. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Neal confirms released list". AFC Wimbledon. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Central African Republic 2–0 Botswana". 2 June 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "World Cup qualifying: South Africa 2 Central African Republic 0". 23 March 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 

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