Jombati joins the party

Dennis Kutrieb has captured experienced centre-back Sido Jombati just over a year after the Portuguese helped Wycombe Wanderers to promotion to the Championship.

The athletic 6ft 4in defender won two promotions with the Chairboys and has made more than 300 EFL appearances over the past nine seasons.

Born in the Portuguese capital, the 33-year-old Jombati grew up alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, who was two years ahead of him in Sporting Lisbon’s youth setup. Released aged 18, he moved to England where he joined Exeter City, Weymouth, Basingstoke Town and Bath City, guiding the Romans to the Conference via the play-offs in 2009/10.

After two seasons at Twerton Park, where he won the player of the season award in 2010/11, he moved up to League Two with Cheltenham Town. He had three excellent seasons as a fans’ favourite with the Robins and was overwhelmingly voted into their team of the decade, having also won player of the year in his first season and helped the club to the play-offs in 2013.

In 2014, he was snapped up by Wycombe and in 2018 helped the club to third place and promotion from League Two. He also played at White Hart Lane against Tottenham in the FA Cup, having featured against Everton in the same competition for Cheltenham. Jombati spent two more seasons at Adams Park in League One, culminating in Wycombe’s victorious play-off campaign and promotion to the Championship for the first time in their history.

Having become a free agent in 2020, Jombati – who can also play across the full-back positions as well as in the centre of defence – moved on to Oldham Athletic last season where he featured in League Two.


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