Genséric Kusunga

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Genséric Kusunga
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Personal information
Full name Genséric Kusunga[1]
Date of birth (1988-03-12) 12 March 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Geneva, Switzerland
Height 6 ft 1.25 in (1.86 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Oldham Athletic
Number 5
Youth career
1999–2005 Servette
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Servette 85 (18)
2010–2013 FC Basel 13 (0)
2012–2013 Servette (loan) 19 (0)
2013– Oldham Athletic 18 (1)
National team
2009–2010 Switzerland U-21 0 (0)
2013– Angola 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:23, 9 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 September 2013, 24:00 (UTC)

Genséric Kusunga (born 12 March 1988 in Geneva, Switzerland) is a Swiss-Angolan professional footballer who currently plays as a defender for Oldham Athletic.

Club career[edit]

Kusunga began his playing career with Servette, having progressed through the club's youth team. He made 17 appearances for the club in the Swiss 1. Liga, scoring once. He made a further 68 Challenge League appearances, scoring five times during his five-year tenure with the club.[2]

In May 2010, ahead of the 2010–11 Swiss Super League season, Kusunga signed for Swiss Super League side FC Basel, and was handed the number 21 shirt on his arrival. Kusunga made his debut for Basel on 20 July 2010, coming on as a 46th minute substitute in the club's 3–2 home win against FC Zürich.[3] At the end of the 2010–11 Swiss Super League season Kusunga won the Super League Championship title with Basel and at the end of the 2011–12 season he won the Double, the League Championship title[4] and the Swiss Cup,[5] with Basel.

Oldham Athletic[edit]

Kusunga signed for Oldham Athletic until the end of the 2013–14 season on 2 September 2013, with the option of extending the deal until the summer of 2015.[6] Kusunga was recommended to the Latics by Oldham legend, Joe Royle, his son Darren's agency heard about the player whilst scouting in Switzerland. Kusunga was offered more lucrative deals to clubs in Israel and Bulgaria but the sharp tongued Joe Royle stepped in along with his son to secure a deal with Lee Johnsons side. Kusunga scored his first goal for the club in the first round of the FA Cup, giving the Latics the lead against Wolverhampton Wanderers.[7]

Kusunga scored his first league goal on 25 January 2014 and it turned out to be a goal that will be remembered by Latics fans for many years to come, Oldham were 3-0 down against Peterborough United at half - time and many of the Latics faithful thought that the game was all over, with a minority of the fans even leaving at half - time, however, after the interval, the Latics got the score back to 3-2 and looked to have the momentum on their side to mount a comeback, however, they conceded again and the chances of that happening seemed to disappear with the scoreline at 4-2 but the Latics picked themselves up and scored straight away to make it 4-3 and the comeback was back on. Then in the dying minutes of the game, the Latics got a penalty and scored it to make it 4-4. And then something happened to turn the game into one of the most memorable games in Oldham's history, in the last seconds of the game, deep into injury time, Kusunga scrambled a shot into the back of the net from a corner in the 96th minute and Oldham won the game 5-4 after being 3-0 and 4-2 down during the game.[8]

The one - year contract extension option that the club had on Kusunga was exercised, extending his contract till the end of the 2014-14 season.[9]

International career[edit]

In 2009, Kusunga was called up twice for the Switzerland U21 side, but was an unused substitute in both games.[10][11]

He has, however, since committed his international future to Angola, and played a friendly for them in the build up to the 2013 African Cup of Nations. [12]

Titles and honours[edit]

Basel

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Genséric Kusunga – Profile". Uefa.com. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  2. ^ "Matches played by Genséric Kusunga". Soccerway. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  3. ^ "FC Basel 3–2 FC Zürich". Soccerway. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  4. ^ "Jetzt hat Basel den Titel auf sicher". football.ch. 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-29.  (German)
  5. ^ "Matchtelegram FC Basel 1893 5:3 FC Luzern". football.ch. 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-16.  (German)
  6. ^ "Genseric Kusunga: Oldham sign ex-FC Basel defender". BBC Sport. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  7. ^ |title=Oldham Athletic 1-1 Wolves |url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/24782243 |publisher=BBC Sport |accessdate=9 November 2013
  8. ^ "Oldham 5-4 Peterborough". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Oldham Athletic retained list". Oldham Athletic A.F.C. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Switzerland U21 2–1 Armenia U21". Soccerway. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  11. ^ "Switzerland U21 1–0 Georgia U21". Soccerway. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  12. ^ "Kusunga on his Latics move". Oldham Athletic Football Club. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 

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