Moses Swaibu

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Moses Swaibu
Personal information
Full name Moses Swaibu[1]
Date of birth (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Islington, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2005–2007 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Crystal Palace 0 (0)
2007–2008 Weymouth (loan) 1 (0)
2008 Bromley 15 (0)
2008–2011 Lincoln City 78 (3)
2011 Kettering Town 6 (0)
2011–2013 Bromley 59 (1)
2013 Sutton United 2 (0)
2013 Whitehawk 4 (0)
Total 165 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Moses Swaibu is an English former professional footballer.

During his career, Swaibu represented Lincoln City in the Football League and several non-league clubs in England, last playing for Whitehawk in 2013. He made a total of 165 league appearances, scoring four goals.

Playing career[edit]

Crystal Palace[edit]

Schooled at The Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon, Swaibu joined the Crystal Palace academy at the age of 16 having been spotted playing for Croydon Schools and never having been previously associated with a professional club.[2] Impressive progress in the academy saw him offered a professional contract at the culmination of his two-year scholarship,[3] and awarded the Scholar of the Year and Vice-Presidents Young Player of the Year for the 2006–07 season.[4]

Having signed a one-year professional contract with the club, he made the first team squad for the first time for the home game against Watford on 29 October 2007,[5] where he was an unused substitute in a 2–0 defeat; the game though was notable for the Palace debut of the 15-year-old John Bostock.

In February 2008, Swaibu was loaned to Conference National side Weymouth,[6] with Palace manager Neil Warnock hoping that the loan spell would improve his heading ability.[7] Swaibu played a solitary game for Weymouth in the 2–1 defeat at Halifax Town on 1 March 2008 before returning to Selhurst Park. In May 2008, he was one of five players released by the club at the end of their contracts.[8]

Lincoln City[edit]

He linked up with Bromley at the beginning of September 2008 on non-contract terms, debuting in the 2–2 home draw with Chelmsford City on 2 September 2008,[9] and went on to make 20 league and cup appearances for the Lillywhites, during which he scored a horrific own-goal in the 3–3 draw with Thurrock. In January 2009, he commenced a trial with Lincoln City,[10][11] He made his Football League début for the club in the 1–1 draw at Morecambe on 10 February 2009. He scored his first goal for the club on 9 February 2010 during the 2–1 defeat away at Chesterfield, with an audacious chip from 20 yards. He went on to score twice more for the Imps. Having made 10 appearances that season, Swaibu was awarded the Young Player of the Year Award at the end of that season.After the club rejected a transfer bid from Birmingham City and Aston villa he signed a new two-year deal under Peter Jackson. Moses went on and made over 60 appearances for the Imps in his two-year spell. He left Lincoln in January 2011 by mutual consent.

Kettering Town[edit]

Swaibu signed for Kettering Town on non-contract terms in October 2011. He left the club two months later, after making six appearances.[12]

Bromley[edit]

In December 2011, he rejoined former club Bromley.[13] On 27 April 2012, he signed a new seal with the club, keeping him there until the end of the 2012–13 season. He scored his first goal for the club in a 4–0 away win against Dorchester Town on 8 January 2013. He was not offered a new contract, and left the club at the end of the 2012–13 season.

Sutton United and Whitehawk[edit]

In July 2013 he agreed a three-month deal with Sutton United.[14] He debuted for the club in their 4-1 Conference South victory over Staines Town on 20 August 2013[15] but made only one further appearance for the club before, at the beginning of September, he was released in order to find regular first team football.[16] He quickly joined Whitehawk[17] but left the club in November having failed to make the expected impact.[18]

Honours[edit]

Bromley

Match-fixing charge[edit]

In January 2014, Swaibu was charged with conspiracy to defraud, arising from an investigation into match fixing and an alleged betting syndicate.[19][20] On 29 April 2015, Swaibu was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of conspiracy to commit bribery and jailed for sixteen months.Having previously had two trials in which he received a hung jury in the first trial and after a re trial was found guilty[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ "Moses Swaibu Profile". Crystal Palace F.C. official website. Retrieved 11 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Trio Offered Deals". Crystal Palace FC. 9 March 2007. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Player of the Year". Crystal Palace FC. 21 May 2007. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Songo'o Signs". Crystal Palace FC. 21 May 2007. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Moses leaves Selhurst". Crystal Palace FC. 21 May 2007. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Neil Warnock: What I've Learnt This Week". The Independent. 1 March 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2013. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Club Releases Eagles Quintet". Crystal Palace FC. 29 May 2008. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bromley 2–2 Chelmsford City". Bromley FC. 2 September 2008. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Trio Out To Impress". Lincoln City FC. 14 January 2009. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Moses Pens Short-Term Deal". Lincoln City FC. 14 January 2009. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Kettering Town sign ex-Lincoln defender Moses Swaibu". BBC Sport. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Swaibu Leaves Poppies for Bromley". Football Conference. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Sutton United new boy Taylor is on the path to fitness". Croydon Guardian. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Match Report: Sutton United 4 Staines Town 1". Sutton United F.C. Official Website. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "Sutton lose Swaibu". NonLeagueDaily.com. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "Swaibu makes Hawks switch". NonLeaguePitchero.com. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  18. ^ "Hawks want to extend Richards deal". The Argus (Brighton). 16 November 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Match-fixing: Third footballer charged". BBC News. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "Third former Whitehawk footballer charged in match-fixing investigation". The Argus. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  21. ^ "Ex-footballer Delroy Facey jailed after match fixing trial". BBC News. 29 April 2015. 

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