Isak Ssewankambo

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Isak Ssewankambo
0Full Name Isak Ssali Ssewankambo
0Date of Birth 27 February 1996
0Place of Birth Angered, Sweden
0Position Defender/Midfielder
0Chelsea career 2010 - 2014
0Debut n/a
0Games (goals) n/a
0Other clubs Lärje-Angereds IF

Isak Ssewankambo (born 27th February 1996 in Angered, Sweden) is a defender or midfielder who formerly played for Chelsea.


Pre-Chelsea career

Isak joined Chelsea in 2010 from Swedish club Lärje-Angereds IF, the same team that the Blues signed both Amin Affane and Anjur Osmanovic from. He has an older brother, Moses, who plays in the Swedish professional league structure.

Chelsea career

Isak played regularly for Chelsea at Under-15 and Under-16 levels before putting pen to paper on his scholarship, lining up in both defence and in midfield. His natural position is a defensive-minded central midfielder, but in 2012-13 he typically featured in central defence for the Under-18 team before getting a late-season chance in midfield for the Under-21s.

Another position shift came at the start of the 2013-14 season as he featured regularly as a right-back for Dermot Drummy's Under-21 team, although his involvement was cut considerably short by an injury which also ruled him out of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in October and November. As fitness and form were rediscovered he played his part in dual Under-21 Premier League and FA Youth Cup successes; scoring in the Final of the latter and lining up at right-back, centre-back and in midfield across both competitions.

In July 2014 it was announced that Isak had joined NAC Breda on a one-year deal.


Isak has represented Sweden at Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 levels. He was a part of the 2012-13 team which became the country's first ever representative in the European Under-17 Championships and he led the way amongst all players with six qualifying assists. In the Semi Finals of the competition, he was involved in a lengthy penalty shootout against Russia where he scored his first effort but missed his second as the shootout went through every player and restarted from the beginning. The miss proved costly, as Russia prevailed and won the trophy.

In June 2014 he made his debut at Under-21 level.

He remains eligible to play for Uganda through family heritage.

Career statistics

Youth, Reserve and Under-21 Football

Season Under-18 European Under-21 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2012-13 16 0 3 1 6 0 25 1
2013-14 11 1 5 0 19 1 35 2
Total 27 1 8 1 25 1 60 3

(Statistics accurate as of the end of the 2013-14 season)

Career honours

Post-Chelsea Career

Isak initially signed for NAC Breda of the Dutch league and earned impressive reviews for his performances at right back in the first half of the 2014-15 season. In January, he returned to England signing a deal with Derby County.

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