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FACTFILE: Gael Bigirimana's career so far after joining Coventry City from Newcastle United on loan

16 November 2015

Here is a look at Bigirimana's career to date...


Gael Bigirimana

Born: 22 October 1993

Back in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, Gael grew up playing football at every opportunity.

Prior to his arrival in England, he lived briefly in Uganda and gained his first experience of playing football in a structured competition.

He moved to England in 2004 and as an 11-year old, he managed to get a trial with the Sky Blues.


After seven years in the Academy setup, he signed his first professional deal in the summer of 2011. He continued to impress and was given his debut under Andy Thorn.

His debut was in the derby against Leicester City, where he played the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 defeat.

As the season went on, the midfielder was in excellent form, prompting professionals to vote for him as the Championship Apprentice of the Year Award for the 2011–12 season. He beat Crystal Palace's Jonathan Williams and Reading's Jordan Obita to the award.


Following his impressive season, Newcastle United swooped for the impressive young midfielder, securing him on a five-year deal.

His competitive debut came in August 2012, in Newcastle's 1–1 draw with Greek side Atromitos, in their UEFA Europa League Fourth Qualifying Round match, before he made his home Premier League debut in September in a 1–1 draw with Aston Villa. 

He scored his first professional goal on 3 December to complete a 3–0 home win against Wigan Athletic and it was a wonderful strike, with the video below.

Bigirimana then had a spell out of the team and was loaned to Rangers in january last season. He didn't make an appearance in Scotland.

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