Our 'Spotlight' features continue with a profile of Sido Jombati, once again by Dale Jenkins.
The Portuguese right-back signed from fellow League Two club Cheltenham Town in May 2014 after almost three years in Gloucestershire.
Sido will be the third Portuguese player to represent the Chairboys, the others being eccentric goalkeeper Ricardo Batista and midfielder Bruno Andrade, who was Gareth Ainsworth’s first signing after taking temporary charge of the Wanderers following the departure of Gary Waddock in September 2013.
Jombati began his football career in Portugal but was encouraged to move to England by his family. After a successful trial the full back signed for Exeter City but he failed to make a single first team appearance and dropped to the Conference South in order to play regular football for Weymouth.
His first season saw Weymouth finish as Champions as they were promoted to the Conference. After two more years Jombati joined Basingstoke, where he made 41 appearances and scored one goal. Sido then established himself as a cult hero at Bath City between 2009 and 2011, making 82 appearances in two seasons and scoring three goals as well as winning the Player of the Season award. Success followed on the pitch with Bath City achieving promotion to the Conference before Jombati moved to Cheltenham Town in 2011.
There was little doubt that Jombati had earned his chance in the Football League and he seized the opportunity with both hands. The Robins reached the FA Cup third round and were rewarded with a tie at Tottenham Hotspur before finishing the domestic season in 6th place. After defeating Torquay United in the Play-Off semi finals Jombati experienced Wembley play-off final despair as Cheltenham lost 2-0 to Crewe Alexandra.
2012-13 saw Jombati play another prominent role as the Robins finished one better as a 5th placed finish earned the Gloucestershire outfit another crack at the play-offs. It represented another impressive season of consistency but again Cheltenham failed to earn promotion as Northampton Town defeated them over two legs. Cheltenham again made it to the third round of the FA Cup where they hosted Everton, with Jombati lining up against the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman and Nikica Jelavic.
The following season saw Jombati feature regularly again, although the Robins form tailed off and he found himself in an unorthodox left back position. In total the pacy full back went to make a total of 135 appearances and scored five goals for Cheltenham before leaving in May 2014 after the expiry of his contract.