Wato Kuaté

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Wato Kuaté
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Kuaté with RoPS in 2018.
Personal information
Full nameGuirlain Désiré Wato Kuaté
Date of birth (1995-09-19) 19 September 1995 (age 23)
Place of birth Douala, Cameroon
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
2009–2011 U.D. Leiria
2011–2012 AC Bellinzona
2012–2014 Manchester City
Senior career*
2014–2015 Akhisar Belediyespor 7 (0)
2015–2016 Asteras Tripoli 0 (0)
2016Trikala (loan) 4 (0)
2017 Dundee United 3 (0)
2017–2018 Hapoel Petah Tikva 5 (0)
2018 RoPS 17 (1)
2018 Bisceglie 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 28 December 2018

Guirlain Désiré Wato Kuaté (born 19 September 1995) is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder [1] and is currently a free agent. He was born in Douala, Cameroon, and also holds Portuguese nationality. During his career he has had short stints with Akhisar Belediyespor, Asteras Tripoli, Dundee United, Liga Leumit side Hapoel Petah Tikva, Rovaniemen Palloseura, and Serie C side Bisceglie.

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Douala Place in Littoral, Cameroon

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Playing career

Kuaté began his youth football career in Portugal with U.D. Leiria [2] before joining AC Bellinzona in Switzerland. A successful trial led to him joining the Manchester City Academy in 2012. [3] While in England, Kuaté was also on trial with Barnsley in 2013.

U.D. Leiria Portuguese association football team

União Desportiva de Leiria, commonly known as União de Leiria, is a Portuguese football club based in Leiria, central Portugal. Founded on 6 June 1966, it currently plays in the Campeonato de Portugal, holding home matches at Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, with a 24,000-seat capacity.

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Barnsley F.C. Association football club

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Kuaté signed for Akhisar Belediyespor in the Turkish Süper Lig during the January 2014 transfer window, after being released by Manchester City. [4] He made his professional debut for Akhisar on 8 March 2014 in a 6-1 defeat against Galatasaray. [5]

Akhisar Belediyespor football club from Turkey

Akhisar Belediye Gençlik ve Spor Kulübü, commonly known as Akhisar Belediyespor or Akhisarspor, is a professional Turkish football club located in the city of Akhisar. Formed in 1970, Akhisarspor are nicknamed Akigo. The club has a fierce rivalry with Turgutluspor, Manisaspor and the Netherlands.

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The following year, Kuaté signed a four-year contract with Super League Greece club Asteras Tripoli for an undisclosed fee. He made just one appearance for the club in the Greek Cup, although he was loaned to third-tier Greek Football League club Trikala for six months where he made just four league appearances before returning to Asteras. [6] [7]

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Greek Football Cup football competition

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Kuaté then signed a short-term contract with Scottish Championship club Dundee United in March 2017. [8] He scored his first goal for the club in a Scottish Premiership promotion play-off match against Greenock Morton on 12 May 2017. [9] During a subsequent play-off match against Hamilton Academical, Kuaté had an on-field physical altercation with teammate Mark Durnan, then reacted angrily to being substituted – storming off the field while making gestures towards, and sarcastically applauding, the home support. [10] Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon publicly stated that Kuaté would not play for the club again, and Kuaté was subsequently released at the end of his contract. [11]

Scottish Championship

The Scottish Championship, known for sponsorship reasons as the Ladbrokes Championship, is the second tier of the Scottish Professional Football League, the league competition for men's professional football clubs in Scotland. The Scottish Championship was established in July 2013, after the Scottish Professional Football League was formed by a merger of the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League.

Dundee United F.C. association football club in Scotland

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Scottish Premiership mens association football top division

The Scottish Premiership, known for sponsorship reasons as the Ladbrokes Premiership, is the top division of the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL), the league competition for men's professional football clubs in Scotland. The Scottish Premiership was established in July 2013, after the SPFL was formed by a merger of the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League. There are 12 teams in this division, with each team playing 38 matches per season. Sixteen clubs have played in the Scottish Premiership since its creation in the 2013–14 season. Celtic are the current league champions, being the only league champion to date since its establishment.

On 18 October 2017, Kuaté signed with Liga Leumit side Hapoel Petah Tikva, [12] but only made 5 appearances for the club.

Liga Leumit

Liga Leumit is the second tier in the Israeli football league system below the Premier League.

Hapoel Petah Tikva F.C. Israeli association football club based in the city of Petah Tikva

Hapoel Petah Tikva F.C. is an Israeli football club based in the city of Petah Tikva. Their most successful period was the late 1950s and early 1960s, in which the club won six championships, five of them in consecutive seasons. Although they have not won the title since 1963, Hapoel still hold the record for the number of back-to-back titles. The club's last piece of major silverware came in 2005 when they won the Toto Cup, and of all the clubs to have won the State Cup, Hapoel have the worst record in the finals, having won on only two of their nine appearances in the final.

Kuaté then transferred to Finnish Veikkausliiga club Rovaniemen Palloseura signing a one-year contract in March 2018. [13] Kuaté made 17 league appearances for the club, scoring one goal, but his contract was terminated just four months later. RoPS Rovaniemi head coach Toni Koskela cited Kuaté's on-field disobedience along with his belief that he was bigger than the rest of the team. [14]

In October 2018, Kuaté signed with Serie C side Bisceglie. [15] However, he never played a match for the club and was released in December 2018. [16]

Career statistics

As of match played 6 April 2018 [17] [18]

ClubSeasonLeagueCupLeague CupOtherTotal
Akhisar Belediyespor 2013-14 Süper Lig 700070
2014-15Süper Lig000000
Asteras Tripoli 2015-16 Superleague Greece 001010
Trikala (loan)2015-16 Football League 400040
Dundee United 2016–17 Scottish Championship 3000005 [lower-alpha 1] 181
Hapoel Petah Tikva 2017–18 Liga Leumit 500050
Rovaniemen Palloseura 2018 Veikkausliiga 17110181
Career total361200051432
  1. Appearances in Scottish Premiership play-offs

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