Hull City Tigers

A Foot In Both Camps: Kamil Zayatte

10 January 2019
Kamil Zayatte was at the heart of the Tigers’ side that took the Barclays Premier League by storm in the first few months of the 2008/09 campaign after joining the club on a season-long loan from Young Boys in August 2008.

The Guinean international scored his first goal in a black and amber shirt in a 3-0 win at West Brom in October 2008 – a victory that remarkably saw the Tigers go level on points at the top of the Premier League table.

With the team impressing, Zayatte’s loan turned into a permanent deal in January 2009 and he went on to feature in 32 of the Club’s 38 league fixtures that campaign as Phil Brown’s side retained their top-flight status on the final day of the season.

He remained a regular choice in 2009/10 – scoring twice in 25 appearances – although the Tigers failed to cling on to Premier League status for another year as they returned to the second tier of English football after finishing 19th.

He remained at the KCOM Stadium following relegation but was allowed to leave in January 2011 for family reasons, moving to Turkey where he enjoyed spells
at Konyaspor and Istanbul BB.

The versatile defender returned to English football when joining Sheffield Wednesday on a two-year deal in August 2013. However, he failed to establish himself as a regular in the Owls’ side during his time at Hillsborough, making just 26 appearances on two seasons with the South Yorkshire outfit.

Zayatte – who scored four goals in 46 games for his country – was one of eleven players released by Wednesday at the end of the 2014/15 season.

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