Pompey factfile: Rommy Boco

Romy Boco in action for Chesterfield
Romy Boco in action for Chesterfield
Matty Kennedy. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pompey today announced they had signed utility-man Rommy Boco until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old has been immediately loaned out to the Hawks for a month, but who is Paul Cook’s latest addition?

Well, before he returns to Fratton Park to kick-start his career, here’s the lowdown on the new recruit.

1. Despite being born in France, 30-year-old Boco is a Benin international with 48 caps for his country and one goal.

2. He is commonly known as the King of Benin and is the current captain of the national side.

3. Boco skippered Benin at the 2008 African Nations Cup and was also part of the side that took part in the 2004 finals.

4. He has previous Football League experience after spells with Accrington Stanley (2005-08 and 2012-13), Burton Albion (2010), Plymouth (2013-14) and Chesterfield (2014-15).

5. The much-travelled utility man had three spells at League of Ireland side Sligo Rovers - each time being signed by now Pompey boss Paul Cook.

6. He also rejoined Accrington in 2012 when they were managed by Cook - and was reunited with his former boss once again at Chesterfield for the 2014-25 season.

7. That season he scored on his debuit for the Spireites as they defeated Leyton Orient 2-1.

In January 2015, Boco signed for Indian I-League newcomers Bharat FC, as the club’s marquee player.

8. On his arrival, Bharat head coach, Stuart Watkiss, said: ‘Boco is a very skillful player. His ball control and distribution are immaculate and his addition has come as a big boost to us.

‘He can lend his weight to the attack and also ensure that we are always in the game with his precise passing.’

9. Shanghai East Asia (2011) are also among his former clubs.

10. Boco’s club honours include a Conference Premier title with Accrington (2006), FAI Cup (2010) and League of Ireland Cup (2010).