|Date of birth||10 November 1985|
|Place of birth||Banjul, Gambia|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2005–2006||→ Malaga B (loan)||4||(0)|
|2007||→ Wrexham (loan)||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 September 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
Cherno Samba is best known for being a cult legend on the PC game: Championship Manager.
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 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.
In the summer of 2004 he joined Spanish club Cádiz CF, and was then loaned out for season 2005–06 to Málaga CF B. He returned to English football after Ian Holloway signed him on a free on transfer deadline day, August 2006 for Plymouth Argyle, 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.
In 2009 he returned to England and went on trial with various English clubs including Norwich City and Portsmouth. He signed a two-year contract with Greek Second Division club Panetolikos in February 2010.
On 26 July 2011, he joined English Conference National side Forest Green Rovers on trial for a game against Bristol City. He however failed to earn himself a contract. He then joined another Conference club on trial, Alfreton Town.
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. 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. 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.
|1||9 January 2010||Tunis, Tunisia||Tunisia||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
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