Fankaty Dabo

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Fankaty Dabo (born 11 October 1995 in London, England) is a versatile defender currently playing in Chelsea's academy teams.

Fankaty Dabo
Full Name Fankaty Sheikam Dabo
Date of Birth 11 October 1995
Age 28 years
Place of Birth London, England
Position Defender
Nationality English
Current club Chelsea
Previous club/s -


Youth career

Fankaty joined Chelsea's academy as an Under-12 and made his Under-18 debut as an Under-15 at the back end of the 2010-11 season, scoring in his first appearance against Charlton Athletic before making further appearances during 2011-12. Despite being commonly used as a defender in the Under-16 team, his early Under-18 outings came as an attacking wide player.

However, he returned to right-back on a full-time basis as a scholar in 2012-13 and quickly established himself as a leader and an integral part of the team. Later on in the season he made the step up to the Under-21 ranks, and once again did himself justice with a series of impressive performances. He continued to impress in 2013-14, staking a claim for regular starts at Under-21 level. He was a regular feature under Dermot Drummy as the team won the national title and also played a key role in the FA Youth Cup success at Under-18 level.

He continued his dependable and reliable displays as an Under-21 regular in 2014-15, dealing with the reduced schedule in being too old to play Youth Cup or UEFA Youth League football. He was also invited to join in with the full England squad for a training session during a mid-season Under-20 call-up. A regular captain of the Under-21s in 2015-16, he earned well-overdue recognition when he was handed a first-team squad number in April 2016 ahead of a trip to Swansea City, but he wasn't able to feature in the matchday squad.


Fankaty has been capped by England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-20 levels. He remains eligible for Sierra Leone.

Career statistics

Season Under-18 Euro U19 Under-21 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2010-11 1 1 - - 0 0 1 1
2011-12 3 0 - - 0 0 3 0
2012-13 21 1 4 0 7 0 32 1
2013-14 17 3 4 0 14 0 35 3
2014-15 - - - - 21 0 21 0
2015-16 - - - - 23 0 23 0
Total 42 5 8 0 65 0 115 5

(Statistics accurate as of the end of the 2015-16 season)

Career honours


Fankaty signed a new contract in February 2015 and it expires at the end of the 2016-17 season.1