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Jai Quitongo (born 14 September 1997) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays for Iranian club Machine Sazi as a striker.

Jai Quitongo
Personal information
Date of birth (1997-09-14) 14 September 1997 (age 21)
Place of birth Wishaw, Scotland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Striker, Winger
Club information
Current team
Machine Sazi
Number 33
Youth career
0000–2014 Hamilton Academical
2014–2015 Aberdeen
2015 Greenock Morton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2018 Greenock Morton 35 (5)
2018 Partick Thistle 13 (1)
2019– Machine Sazi 7 (1)
National team
2016 Scotland U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 March 2019

He also played for Greenock Morton.

Throughout his youth career, Quitongo played for Hamilton Academical and Aberdeen.

Quitongo is a one-time capped Scotland U21 internationalist.

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BackgroundEdit

Quitongo's father is ex-Hamilton Academical, Heart of Midlothian and St Mirren winger José Quitongo. His brother, Rico, plays as a left back.[1]

Club careerEdit

Greenock MortonEdit

After playing for the youth sides at Hamilton Academical and Aberdeen, Quitongo signed for Greenock Morton on a short-term deal in August 2015.[2] He was offered an 18-month extension in December 2015[3] and made his debut for the first team as a late substitute against Raith Rovers.[4]

In December 2015, Quitongo signed a contract extension, making him contracted to the club until May 2017.[5] His first goal for the club came against Kilmarnock in the League Cup and followed up with a winning strike against Hamilton Academical.[6]

On 31 August 2016, Morton rejected a bid from Doncaster Rovers for Quitongo's services.[7] Quitongo underwent knee surgery in January 2017.[8] While recovering from the injury, he signed a new contract with Morton that ran until June 2018.[8][9] He was offered a new one-year deal but this was rescinded in August 2018 and he was released from the club.[10]

Partick ThistleEdit

After agreeing compensation, due to his age, Quitongo joined Partick Thistle on a short-term deal until January 2019.[11] Jai scored his first goal for the Jags in a 2-1 home defeat against Dundee United. [12]

International careerEdit

On 31 October 2016, Quitongo was selected by coach Scot Gemmill for the Scotland under-21 squad.[13][14] He debuted as a substitute in a friendly defeat away to Slovakia.[15]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 8 May 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Greenock Morton 2015–16[16] Championship 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2016–17[17] 14 2 1 0 7 4 1[a] 0 23 6
2017–18[18] 15 3 0 0 4 1 1[a] 0 20 4
Career total 35 5 2 0 11 5 2 0 50 10
  1. ^ a b Appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup

HonoursEdit

Morton

  • SPFL Development League West: Winners 2015–16[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Graham Speirs (29 March 2014). "Wandering eyes, from Benfica all the way to Muirkirk . ." HeraldScotland.
  2. ^ "Morton agree to sign winger". Greenock Telegraph. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (11 December 2015). "Young Morton duo earn 18-month full-time deals". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Morton 1–2 Raith Rovers". Scottish Professional Football League. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Contract extensions". Greenock Morton F.C. 22 December 2015. Archived from the original on 23 December 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  6. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (9 August 2016). "Match report: Hamilton Accies 1–2 Morton". Greenock Morton F.C. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  7. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (31 August 2016). "Jai Quitongo bid rejected". Greenock Morton F.C. Archived from the original on 15 September 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Jai Quitongo signs new deal at Greenock Morton". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  9. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (1 March 2017). "Jai: Staying with Morton was the right move". Greenock Morton F.C. Archived from the original on 2 March 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  10. ^ Jonathan Mitchell (10 August 2018). "Player Updates: Scott Tiffoney / Jai Quitongo". gmfc.net. Greenock Morton F.C. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Jai Quitongo is a Jag". Partick Thistle F.C. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  12. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45768830
  13. ^ "Scotland Under-21s: Morton winger Jai Quitongo given first call-up". BBC Sport. 31 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  14. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (31 October 2016). "Quitongo & Nesbitt named in Scots U-21 squad". Greenock Morton F.C. Archived from the original on 1 November 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  15. ^ "International friendly: Slovakia U21 4–0 Scotland U21". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Games played by Jai Quitongo in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  17. ^ "Games played by Jai Quitongo in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Games played by Jai Quitongo in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  19. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (29 March 2016). "Morton Under-20s crowned champions". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 30 March 2016.

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