Kingstonian have announced the signing from Hemel Hempstead Town of hugely experienced central defender Ismail Yakubu.

Born in Kano State in Nigeria, Yakubu joined Barnet at the age of eleven, turned professional at 16 and made his first-team debut at 17. He went on to make nearly 400 appearances for the Bees before joining AFC Wimbledon in 2010. In his one season with the Dons, he helped the team into the Football League, and scored one of the penalties in the decisive shoot-out in the play-off final against Newport County.

It was to Newport that he went after his release from Wimbledon that summer, and with the Welsh club he reached the FA Trophy final in 2012 and won another Conference play-off final in 2013, defeating Wrexham.

In the summer of 2015, he moved to Woking, and after an injury-hit first season, he was the Cards’ club captain in the 2016-17 campaign, after which he moved to Hemel Hempstead Town, helping the Tudors into the play-offs last season.


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