|Current Team:||Harlow Town F.C.|
|Birth Day:||January 22, 1981|
|Birth Place:||Bignona, Senegal|
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He made his professional debut for Grenoble Foot 38 at age 18.
Ibrahima Sonko plays for the team Harlow Town F.C.
Sonko was born in Bignona, Senegal but moved to France when he was young. He played with Olympique Noisy-le-Sec and was in the youth team at AS Saint-Étienne before he joined Grenoble in 1999. Sonko helped Grenoble gain promotion from the Championnat National in 2000–01 and in 2002 he left to join English side Brentford. He played 45 times for Brentford in 2002–03, scoring six goals at the Bees finished in 16th position. He played 46 times in 2003–04 as Brentford again finished in a mid-table position this time 17th. His performances for Brentford attracted interest from high placed sides.
Sonko's first season in the Premier League was eventful. He received a straight red card against Aston Villa for tripping Luke Moore in the penalty area, meaning Reading lost 2–1. He was the subject of further controversy in a match against Chelsea on 14 October 2006, when his challenge left goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini unconscious. Cudicini was carried off the field wearing a neck brace. Sonko stated that he was scared after receiving death threats in connection with the Chelsea match. On 11 December 2006, Sonko signed an extension to his contract with Reading, keeping him at the Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2010. However, on 20 January 2007, he injured knee ligaments when he fell awkwardly whilst playing for Reading in their 3–1 home win against Sheffield United, and it was subsequently announced that he would miss the rest of the 2006–07 season. Sonko played a total of 23 times on 2006–07 as Reading ended the season in 8th position.
He returned to first team action on 20 October 2007 in a 4–2 defeat away to Blackburn Rovers. Sonko went on to play 16 matches for Reading in 2007–08 as they were unable to retain the Premier League status, being relegated in 18th place. Sonko ended the season on a sour note after he and teammate Emerse Faé were suspended by the club after refusing manager Steve Coppell's request to play in a reserve match. Sonko later stated that he wanted to leave Reading after he had become an 'outcast' at the club. Despite this he did start the first three matches of the 2008–09 season where he scored twice against Plymouth Argyle. He also scored against Charlton Athletic but was also sent-off in the match.
On 29 August 2008, Sonko signed for Premier League Stoke City for a fee of £2 million, which could rise £2.25 million depending on appearances. He made his Stoke debut on 14 September 2008 in a 3–2 defeat against Everton. However, he was unable to hold on to his place in the team under Tony Pulis and became mainly used as a substitute. On 20 December 2008 Stoke played away at Blackburn Rovers, Sonko conceded an early penalty after a horribly mistimed tackle on Morten Gamst Pedersen which helped Blackburn ease to a 3–0 win, Pulis described it as 'abysmal defending'. Sonko only figured as a substitute for the remainder of the 2008–09 season as the Potters finished in 14th position.
Sonko was named in Senegal's provisional 38-man squad for the African Cup of Nations, which runs from 20 January to 10 February 2008. Senegal coach Henryk Kasperczak also included Sonko in his final 23-man squad making him the only uncapped player in the squad. He finally made his debut for Senegal on 12 January 2008 in their 3–1 win over Namibia in Dakar; he played the entire game in the centre of defence.
On 1 September 2009, Sonko joined Hull City on loan for the 2009–10 season. Sonko made his debut for Hull on 12 September 2009, in a 4–1 loss away to Sunderland. He made just nine appearances as Hull suffered relegation from the Premier League. He spent the 2010–11 season on loan at Portsmouth. He played 27 times for Pompey scoring once.
On 26 August 2011, Sonko signed for Championship club Ipswich Town on a one-year deal. He scored his first goal for Ipswich in a 3–1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on 1 October 2011. Sonko struggled with fitness and injuries during his time at Portman Road and was openly criticised by manager Paul Jewell after a 3–1 defeat against Leeds United. He was released by Ipswich at the end of the 2011–12 season.
Sonko joined newly promoted Turkish Süper Lig side Akhisar Belediyespor on 15 August 2012. He spent three seasons with Akhisar, making 63 appearances.
It was announced on 6 August 2015, that Sonko had returned to England and signed for Isthmian League Division One North club Harlow Town. In September of the same year, Sonko revealed he turned down a one-year contract with Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock to remain with Harlow Town and stay close to his family. Sonko retired at the end of the 2017–18 season.
Currently, Ibrahima Sonko is 40 years, 7 months and 27 days old. Ibrahima Sonko will celebrate 41st birthday on a Saturday 22nd of January 2022.
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