Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu

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Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu
Personal information
Full name Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu
Date of birth (1982-12-26) 26 December 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Amiens SC 13 (1)
2003–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 35 (10)
2004 Preston North End (loan) 6 (0)
2005 Colchester United 8 (1)
2005–2006 Darlington 21 (10)
2006 Cardiff City 11 (0)
2006–2008 Gillingham 32 (3)
2007 Bradford City (loan) 18 (6)
2008 Darlington 8 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu (born 26 December 1982) is a Congolese professional footballer, formerly an under-21 international.

He has played for Amiens SC, Sheffield Wednesday, Preston North End, Colchester United, Cardiff City, Gillingham, Bradford City and had two spells at Darlington.


Ndumbu-Nsungu started his career in France with Ligue 2 side Amiens SC. He made his professional debut on 15 September 2001, coming on as a late substitute for Fahid Ben Khalfallah in the 1–1 draw away at Le Mans. He went on to make a further six appearances during the 2001–02 season, all of them as a substitute, but spent the majority of the campaign in the reserve team. On 17 August 2012, Ndumbu-Nsungu was given his first start for Amiens and scored the winning goal in the 1–0 win against Saint-Étienne, before being replaced by Léandre Griffit later in the game. He was selected to start in the following two matches, but did not score and subsequently returned to the reserves for several months before returning to the senior side towards the end of the 2002–03 campaign. He made his thirteenth and final appearance for Amiens on 12 April 2003, playing the first 50 minutes of the 0–0 draw against Gueugnon before being substituted.[1]

In August 2003 he joined Sheffield Wednesday, initially on loan before signing permanently four months later for a fee of £50,000. In 35 league appearances, 11 as a substitute, he scored 10 goals, making him the club's top goalscorer in the 2003–04 season. This form attracted the attention of West Ham United manager Alan Pardew and it was reported in The Sun that he was ready to make a £1 million bid, but it never materialised.[2] He won the club's player of the season award,[3] but failed to find favour with the new manager Paul Sturrock and spent time on a short loan with Championship side Preston North End before being released.

After a spell at Colchester United where he scored once against A.F.C. Bournemouth,[4] he joined Darlington at the start of the 2005–06 season, where he scored 10 goals in 21 league appearances. He moved to Cardiff City in January 2006, where he made 11 appearances including seven as substitute. He was released at the end of the season and signed by Gillingham. He scored his first goal for Gillingham away to Blackpool on 26 August 2006 in a game which ended 1–1. He struggled to hold down a place in the team during his first season at the club and was sent on loan to Bradford City the next season.[5] He made his debut on 10 August 2007 and scored an equaliser to secure a 1–1 draw against Macclesfield Town. He played 18 league games, scoring six league goals for Bradford but his loan was not extended when it expired at the end of 2007 partly because of financial reasons.[6] He returned to Gillingham but was immediately placed on the transfer list,[7] and on 29 January 2008 he moved on a free transfer for a second spell at Darlington.[8] Injury delayed his debut back at Darlington,[9] which came on 23 February 2008 against Bury when he scored a sixth minute penalty in a 2–1 victory.[10] He played eight league games for Darington, scoring three goals, and was a substitute in both legs of the play-off semi-finals against Rochdale.[11] But after Darlington's defeat on penalties to Rochdale, he was released by manager Dave Penney.[12] On 11 November 2010, Ndumbu-Nsungu was reported as training with Conference National side Tamworth with a view to signing.[13] He trained with Beaconsfield SYCOB in December 2010, though the signing failed to materialise due to problems with international clearance.[14]


  1. ^ Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu French league stats at (French)
  2. ^ SkySports
  3. ^ BBC - South Yorkshire Sport - Football Heaven Player of the Season award
  4. ^ "Colchester 3-1 Bournemouth". BBC. 15 February 2005. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bantams seal double striker deal". BBC Sport. 9 August 2007. Retrieved 9 August 2007. 
  6. ^ "Ndumbu-Nsungu heads for exit door". Telegraph & Argus. 30 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  7. ^ "Nine placed on list by Gillingham". BBC News. 9 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  8. ^ "Quakers secure Ndumbu-Nsungu deal". BBC Sport. 30 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  9. ^ Stoddart, Craig (6 February 2008). "Ndumbu-Nsungu injury setback for Quakers". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  10. ^ "Bury 1-2 Darlington". BBC Sport. 22 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  11. ^ "Darlington 2007/2008 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  12. ^ "Darlington part company with trio". BBC Sport. 2008-05-21. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  13. ^ Matt Panter (11 November 2010). "Lambs set to swoop for former Sheffield Wednesday striker". Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  14. ^

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