- Gabriel Zakuani
Football player infobox
playername = Gabriel Zakuani
fullname = Gabriel Zakuani
nickname = Gabby
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1986|5|31
currentclub = Peterborough United
clubnumber = 26
position = Defender
years = 2002–2006
clubs = Leyton Orient
→ Stoke City (loan)
→ Stoke City (loan)
→ Peterborough United (loan)
caps(goals) = 87 (3)
nationalyears = 2005–
nationalteam = DR Congo
nationalcaps(goals) = 01 (0)
pcupdate = 13:31, 4 October 2008 (UTC)
ntupdate = 12:00, 12 July 2006 (UTC)
Zakuani moved to
Londonin 1992 where Leyton Orient spotted him playing in one of his school matches as a 14 year old. After two seasons in the Youth Team, the 16-year-old was given his first team debut in a match against Bury in March 2003.
In the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons he become a regular in
Martin Ling's plans, making the central defence position his own at Orient. He scored three goals in almost 100 first team appearances for Orient.
In January 2006, Zakuani was part of the Leyton Orient side that overcame Fulham, 2–1, in the
FA Cupthird round. Zakuani and his team mates were eventually knocked out of the Cup by another Premiership outfit, Charlton Athletic.
Zakuani signed for Stoke City on loan for the remainder of the 2006–07 season. [cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/stoke_city/6302681.stm|accessdate=2007-06-07|date=
2007-01-30|title=Stoke snap up Hendrie and Zakuani|publisher=BBC Sport|] Despite being a natural centre back, Zakuani also deputised as a right back during his loan spell.
31 August 2007, Zakuani again signed for Stoke Cityon loan, this time for the rest of the 2007–08 season.cite news
title = Gabbi's Back!
url = http://www.stokecityfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10310~1103034,00.html
publisher = Stoke City Official Website
accessdate = 2007-08-31]
Zakuani returned to Fulham at the end of his loan and was then sent to Peterborough on a three-month loan where he will partner Craig Morgan in the Posh back four.
Away from football, in 2007, Zakuani appeared in
Dizzee Rascal's music video for his single Flex.
* [http://www.icons.com/zakuani/ Gabriel Zakuani Official Website] at
* [http://www.premierleague.com/fapl.rac?command=forwardOnly&nextPage=enPlayerProfile&playerId=266786 Premier League player profile]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/f/fulham/5060854.stm BBC report on Fulham transfer]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUPleuj42w0 Zakuani in Dizzee Rascal Video. Appears 02:32]
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