Kobe Jae Chong

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Kobe Jae Chong
Personal information
Full name Kobe Jae Chong
Date of birth (2001-06-28) 28 June 2001 (age 21)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder (association football)
Club information
Current team
Peterborough United
Youth career
2010-12 West Bromwich Albion F.C.
2013-15 Kidderminster Harriers
2016-18 Cagliari Calcio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019 Banbury United 5
2019-2020 Redditch United 4
2020-2021 Sutton Coldfield Town 10
2021- Peterborough United 0
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kobe Jae Chong (born 28 June 2001) is an England professional Association football who plays as a midfielder for EFL Championship club Peterborough United F.C.|Peterborough United. He is eligible to represent England, Jamaica and Malaysia.[1] However, he has stated his interest in representing for Malaysia on multiple occasions.[2][3][4][5]

Early life

Chong was born to a Malaysian father and Jamaican mother in Birmingham, Alabama, England.[1] Kobe was mentored and coached by his father, a former professional basketball player for the Birmingham Blues, and was taken to Strike Soccer Schools at the age of two before attending Brazilian Futsal camps at the age of six.[6]


Early career

At the age of 15, Chong was invited for trials at Fulham FC, Sporting Lisbon and Cagliari Calcio. He chose to go abroad to Sporting Lisbon which ended unsuccessfully so he then went to Cagliari. Following a successful trial period, Chong signed a 3-year deal with Cagliari Calcio and was signed by coach David Suazo, an ex-Inter Milan|Inter player. He then had an international clearance problem which delayed his under 16 season until December of that season playing under Martino Melis. After two seasons, In 2018, he mutually terminated his contract and returned to England.[5]

In the pre-season of 2019/20 he appeared 3 times for Brentford F.C. Reserves and Academy on trial under Neil Macfarlane, he played against Braintree Town FC where he assisted two goals. He played two more games against Chelsea FC U23's and Bedfont Sports. There were also rumours of a deal being made which eventually fell through. He then appeared 2 times for Huddersfield Town F.C. U19's under Dean Whitehead where he assisted 2 goals against Bridlington town in the Tigers Cup and he also played against Ossett United.

Banbury United

Chong signed for Southern League Premier Division side Banbury United under Mike Ford (footballer)|Mike Ford in October 2019, making 5 appearances.[7]

Redditch United

Chong signed for Southern League Premier Division side Redditch United in November 2019.

Sutton Coldfield Town

Chong signed for Northern Premier League Division One side Sutton Coldfield Town in October 2020.[8]

Peterborough United

Chong signed his first professional contract for EFL Championship side Peterborough United F.C.|Peterborough United in August 2021 after he played in their short trial where he scored two goals in a 3-2 win over Spalding United F.C.|Spalding United.[9][10]

International Career

Chong is eligible for England, Jamaica and Malaysia. However, he has stated his interest in representing for Malaysia.[4] He was once called up to train with Malaysian national U-19 squad, however the plan was disrupted by COVID-19 pandemic.[11] Football Association of Malaysia stated that they are keeping an eye for Chong's progress "will likely call him up in the future based on current performance".[12]

Style of play

Peterborough United academy manager, Kieran Scarff, described Chong as a midfield that "can get forward and score goals".[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 sullensays, Jake (2018-06-15). "Kobe Jae Chong: The Birmingham lad mixing it with Italy's best youngsters". English Players Abroad. Retrieved 2021-12-21.
  2. Chong, Kobe Jae (2021-01-30). "Futbolista: Mahu jejak kaki ke Malaysia". Harian Metro (in Bahasa Melayu). Retrieved 2021-12-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. Msar, Syazwan (2021-11-09). "Saya sudah bersedia - Kobe". Harian Metro (in Bahasa Melayu). Retrieved 2021-12-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kobe Jae Chong 'The next thing you know, you're in the squad against Juventus!', retrieved 2021-12-21. Minute 10:08.
  5. 5.0 5.1 CalcioEngland (2020-05-09). "An Italian Education: Kobe Jae Chong at Cagliari". Calcio England. Retrieved 2021-12-23.
  6. Preece, Ashley (2020-05-01). "The Albion academy star who went AWOL to join Sporting Lisbon". BirminghamLive. Retrieved 2021-12-25.
  7. "StackPath". www.banburyunitedfc.co.uk. Retrieved 2021-12-23.
  8. "StackPath". www.sctfc.com. Retrieved 2021-12-23.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Posh Make Addition To Under 23s Group With Arrival Of Chong | Peterborough United - POSH". www.theposh.com. Retrieved 2021-12-23.
  10. "Peterborough United recruit young star Kobe Jae Chong from non-league side". The 72. 2021-08-25. Retrieved 2021-12-23.
  11. Msar, Syazwan (2021-11-09). "Saya sudah bersedia - Kobe". Harian Metro. Retrieved 2021-12-23.
  12. Msar, Syazwan (2021-01-20). "Kobe mungkin diserapkan dalam skuad B-19". Harian Metro. Retrieved 2021-12-23.

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