Sega Keita

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Sega Keïta
Personal information
Full name Sega Keïta
Date of birth (1992-03-03) 3 March 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Orsay, France
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tubize
Number 91
Youth career
2000–2007 Les Ulis
2007–2010 Troyes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009– Troyes 32 (0)
2012–2013 Rouen (loan) 27 (1)
2014– Tubize - (-)
National team
2009–2010 France U18 7 (2)
2010–2011 France U19 10 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 July 2013.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 April 2011

Sega Keïta (born 3 March 1992 in Orsay) is a French football player of Senegalese descent, who currently plays for French club Troyes. He was a French youth international and has played for the under-19 team. Keïta plays as a midfielder.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Keïta was born in the commune of Orsay in the southwestern suburbs of Paris, and began his football career at age eight, playing for local club CO Les Ulis, the same club that produced France national team's all-time leading goalscorer Thierry Henry.

Keïta joined the club and trained alongside fellow youth starlet Yaya Sanogo, before securing a move to second division outfit Troyes AC. Upon his arrival at the club during the 2007–08 season, he struggled due to ongoing groin injuries during his first year, which saw him only appear in eight games, scoring one goal in the Championnat National des 16 ans.

The following season, due to full health, his statistics improved. He appeared in 28 games, scoring 15 goals, and also made seven assists.[1]

On 29 May 2009, with Troyes' relegation to third-tier Championnat National already confirmed, Keïta made his professional debut in a Ligue 2 match against Bastia, appearing as a substitute in the 59th minute for Claudio Beauvue. Troyes lost the match 2–1.[2]

Professional career[edit]

On 15 August 2009, Keïta made his Championnat National debut in the 5–0 victory over Plabennec, appearing as a substitute.[3]

He drew considerable interest from several clubs before signing his professional contract with Troyes. Notable clubs that sought his services included Premier League club Arsenal, Italian clubs Milan and Internazionale, and Ligue 1 club Marseille.[4][5]

French football legend Zinedine Zidane personally recommended the player to Spanish giants Real Madrid.[6] However, despite the interest, on 14 October 2009, Keïta agreed to a three-year professional contract with Troyes. Four days later, he earned his first start in a Coupe de France match against amateur club SA Sézanne. In the match, Keïta scored two goals. Five days later, he earned his first league start, playing 70 minutes in a 1–0 victory over Amiens.[7] After Troyes were promoted to Ligue 1 from Ligue 2 in the 2011-12 season, in July he was loaned to the Championnat National side FC Rouen for the 2012-13 season.

Career statistics[edit]

(Correct as of 30 June 2013)

Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Europe[nb 2] Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Troyes 2008–09 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
2009–10 14 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 16 2 0
2010–11 8 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0
2011–12 7 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 1
Total 30 0 2 7 2 0 0 0 0 37 2 2
Rouen (loan) 2012–13 27 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 29 1 0
Total 27 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 29 1 0
Career total 57 1 2 9 2 0 0 0 0 66 3 2

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, Trophée des Champions
  2. ^ Includes UEFA Supercup

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sega Keita, un joyau dans un écrin". Liberation Champagne. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bastia v. Troyes Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Troyes v. Plabennec Match Report". Foot National. 15 August 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Troyes striker Sega Keita wanted by AC Milan, Inter". Tribal Football. 20 September 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Troyes striker Sega Keita interesting Arsenal". Tribal Football. 24 October 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Zidane Recommends Troyes Teenager Sega Keita To Real Madrid". Total Football Madness. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Troyes v. Amiens Match Report". Foot National. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 

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