Cherno Samba

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Cherno Samba
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-11-10) 10 November 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Banjul, Gambia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
2000–2002 Millwall
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Millwall 0 (0)
2004–2005 Cádiz 0 (0)
2005–2006 Malaga B (loan) 4 (0)
2006–2008 Plymouth Argyle 13 (1)
2007 Wrexham (loan) 3 (0)
2008–2009 Haka 7 (0)
2010 Panetolikos 0 (0)
2012 FK Tønsberg
National team
2000–2001 England U16 13 (0)
2002 England U17 1 (0)
2002–2003 England U18 4 (0)
2003 England U19 3 (0)
2005 England U20 1 (0)
2008– Gambia 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 September 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).

Cherno Samba (born 10 November 1985) is a Gambian footballer who plays as a forward. He is currently unattached.

He represented England at every youth level up to the under-20 team,[1] having moved to England at an early age.[2] He earned his first full cap for Gambia in 2008.

Samba began his career with Millwall before moving to Spain to join Cádiz. He spent time on loan with Malaga B before returning to England to play for Plymouth Argyle. He played on loan for Wrexham and then played Haka in Finland and Panetolikos in Greece before moving to FK Tønsberg in Norway.

Early life[edit]

His father was a keeper for the Gambian national team and his family moved to Watford, England when he was six, and then to Peckham, South London and was educated at the St Joseph's Academy, Blackheath.


He came to prominence when as a 13-year-old, he scored 132 goals in 32 games for the St Joseph's Academy, Blackheath football team.[3]

He started his career at Millwall. His prolific form continued, and he was allowed to talk to other clubs by Millwall – both Manchester United and Liverpool showed interest, but Millwall turn down a Liverpool offer of £2 million. In return, Millwall agreed a contract, whereby he was guaranteed three-years of football at senior team level, on him signing full school boy forms.[2]

In the summer of 2004 he joined Spanish club Cádiz CF,[4] and was then loaned out for season 2005–06 to Málaga CF B.[5] He returned to English football after Ian Holloway signed him on a free on transfer deadline day, August 2006 for Plymouth Argyle,[6] signing him to a two-year contract. Samba made his Football League debut on 30 September 2006 as a second half substitute (74th minute) at the Ricoh Arena against Coventry City, and within eight minutes he scored his first League goal in a 1–0 win for Argyle.[7]

In January 2007, he joined Wrexham on loan for a month, with the option to extend to the end of the season. [8] Samba returned to Plymouth on 26 February.[9]

On 8 August 2008, Samba signed an 18-month contract with Finnish side FC Haka.

In 2009 he returned to England and went on trial with various English clubs including Norwich City and Portsmouth.[10] He signed a two-year contract with Greek Second Division club Panetolikos in February 2010.[11]

On 26 July 2011, he joined English Conference National side Forest Green Rovers on trial for a game against Bristol City.[12] He however failed to earn himself a contract. He then joined another Conference club on trial, Alfreton Town.

In October 2011, he was on trial at Mansfield Town.[13]

On 23 March 2012, Samba joined FK Tønsberg in the Norwegian Second Division.[14]


He represented England at every youth level up to under-20[15] and later decided that he wanted to play for Gambia national team.

In August 2008, he was called up to the Gambia squad for the 2010 World Cup qualifying match against Liberia and on 6 September 2008, he made his first appearance for Gambia as he played the final minutes of the match.[16] He scored his first goal for the Scorpions in a friendly against Tunisia on 9 January 2010 when he headed in a Sanna Nyassi cross to open the scoring.[17] The goal was made all the more special for Samba as it came on the eve of his 25th birthday. His most recent international appearance was versus Mexico in June 2010. He was named in squad for 2010/11 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 January 2010 Tunis, Tunisia  Tunisia 1–0 2–1 Friendly


The Gambia football school, "Cherno Samba Academy of Football", from the Academy was coupled out the professional team Samger FC, is named after him.[18]


  1. ^ "Cherno Samba". The Football Association. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b Panja, Tariq (13 February 2005). "Samba sets up for the last dance". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 4 September 2007. 
  3. ^ Cheese, Caroline (4 September 2007). "Man Utd video star faces tough task". Retrieved 4 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "Samba earns Cadiz deal". sky 6 September 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2007. 
  5. ^ "Samba set for loan". sky 6 September 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2007. 
  6. ^ "Samba dancing again". 4 September 2007. Retrieved 4 September 2007. 
  7. ^ "Coventry 0-1 Plymouth". BBC. 30 September 2006. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Wrexham strengthen with loan pair". 4 September 2007. Retrieved 4 September 2007. 
  9. ^ "Wrexham line up striker Paterson". 4 September 2007. Retrieved 4 September 2007. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Cherno Samba signs in Greece". Gambia Sports. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  12. ^ "Samba set to star for Rovers". 26 July 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
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  14. ^ "Cherno Samba joins FK Tønsberg". West Coast Radio. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Whatever Happened To: Cherno Samba". 4 September 2007. Retrieved 4 September 2007. 
  16. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Cherno Samba". 6 September 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2008. 
  17. ^ "10 Man Gambia beat Tunisia". 10 January 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  18. ^ African Football News – Football Academy To Boost Gambian Soccer from 29. October 2003

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