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Claude Gnakpa

Personal information
Full nameClaude Gnakpa Johouri
Place of birthMarseille, France
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing positionDefender, winger
Club information
Current clubWalsall

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Claude Gnakpa Johouri (born 9 June 1983 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône) is a French footballer of Ivorian descent who plays for Walsall. He usually plays as a winger, but began his career primarily as a central defender and right-back.

Beginning his career as a trainee at Montpellier HSC, Gnakpa then played for French lower league sides before moving to Spain in 2003 to play in the reserve teams of La Liga sides Racing de Santander and Deportivo Alavés. In 2006, he moved to Switzerland for a short time to play for top-tier club FC Vaduz. He moved to England in 2007 to play for Swindon Town, though never made an appearance. He subsequently signed for Peterborough United, where he was used as a defender, then for Luton Town on a free transfer in 2008. At Luton, Gnakpa received notability for scoring the winning goal in the club's 2009 Football League Trophy Final victory, securing Luton's first success in the competition. Since the 2009 10 season, Gnakpa has been utilised almost solely in a wide position, using his combination of pace, power and crossing to contribute numerous goals and assists. Gnakpa was named in the Conference National team of the season for 2009 10. Gnakpa left Luton at the end of his contract in July 2011, signing for League One side Walsall.

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