Chiró N'Toko

Chiró Vuza N'Toko Mena (born 30 January 1988), known as Chiró N'Toko, is a footballer who plays as a centre back. He most recently played for El Paso Locomotive in the USL Championship.

Chiró N'Toko
Chiró N'Toko 16-02-2013 1.jpg
N'Toko playing for Barnet in 2013
Personal information
Full name Chiró Vuza N'Toko Mena[1]
Date of birth (1988-01-30) 30 January 1988 (age 34)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Position(s) Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Seraing 41 (0)
2007–2010 AGOVV 95 (4)
2011–2012 ADO Den Haag 15 (0)
2013 Barnet 2 (0)
2013–2016 Eindhoven 85 (11)
2016–2017 Cambuur 13 (0)
2017–2018 NAC Breda 10 (0)
2018 Senica 0 (0)
2018–2020 El Paso Locomotive 32 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 17 February 2021

Club careerEdit

AGOVVEdit

N'Toko came to AGOVV in the summer of 2007 as a replacement for Dennis van der Ree who had moved to SC Cambuur. Although his primary position is centre back he succeeded as right back for AGOVV in his first season. In his second season at AGOVV he became a regular in the first squad, and was considered one of the best defenders of the Eerste Divisie.[2] In his third season N'Toko was placed in the centre back position due to the breakthrough of fellow AGOVV-player Ramon Leeuwin. At the end of the 2009–10 season N'Toko was released from his contract in search for a new challenge.

ADO Den HaagEdit

In the winter of 2011, N'Toko was signed by former AGOVV-manager John van den Brom until the summer of 2013.[3] He played his first game for the club as a substitute in the 0–1 away win against PSV as a substitute from Dmitri Bulykin.[4] On 13 March 2012, N'Toko suffered a serious knee injury and was out for the remainder of the season.[5] N'Toko was released at the end of the 2011–12 season.[6]

BarnetEdit

N'Toko joined Barnet on 15 February 2013,[7] and made his debut when he started in a 2–1 win at York City a day later.[8] Following Barnet's relegation at the end of the season N'Toko was released by the club.[9]

Later careerEdit

In July 2013, N'Toko signed a two-year deal with FC Eindhoven. After three seasons as a key player for the club, he joined Cambuur on 22 June 2016.[10] He played 13 matches before joining NAC Breda on 9 January 2017.[11]

In September 2018, N'Toko moved to Slovak Super Liga club FK Senica.[12] He then joined USL Championship club El Paso Locomotive in November 2018.[13] He grew into a team captain at the club.[14] He suffered a season-ending injury in the summer of 2020 and was subsequently not included in the roster.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/02/2013 and 28/02/2013" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  2. ^ AGOVV wil N'Toko en Bokila langer vastleggen
  3. ^ ADO Den Haag legt N'Toko en Brouwer vast
  4. ^ "PSV vs. ADO Den Haag - 5 February 2011 - Soccerway". int.soccerway.com.
  5. ^ "Knieblessure zet streep door seizoen N'Toko". www.voetbalprimeur.nl (in Dutch). 15 March 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Boussaboun, N'Toko moeten weg bij ADO". FCUpdate.nl (in Dutch). 29 March 2012.
  7. ^ "CHIRO N'TOKO JOINS BARNET - News - Barnet Football Club". www.barnetfc.com. Barnet F.C. 15 February 2013.
  8. ^ York 1 - 2 Barnet
  9. ^ "RETAINED LIST - PHASE ONE". Barnet FC. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
  10. ^ "N'Toko tekent voor twee jaar bij Cambuur". Eindhovens Dagblad (in Dutch). 21 June 2016.
  11. ^ "NAC plukt verdediger N'Toko weg bij Cambuur". Dagblad van het Noorden (in Dutch). 9 January 2017.
  12. ^ Blaauwhof, Joost (6 September 2018). "'De selectie van NAC is goed genoeg om zich probleemloos te handhaven in de eredivisie'". BN De Stem (in Dutch). Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  13. ^ Ramirez, Cindy (23 November 2018). "EP Locomotive roll forward with 3 new players". El Paso Inc.
  14. ^ Bloomquist, Bret (21 March 2019). "El Paso Locomotive captain Chiro N'Toko takes long path to reach Sun City". El Paso Times.
  15. ^ Kaplowitz, Steve (9 October 2020). "Kappy's Corner: Miner football, cardboard fans & Locos' playoffs". El Paso Inc.

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