Lumumba in 2012
|Nickname(s)||'Harry', 'H' or 'Tier'|
|Date of birth||15 November 1986|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Original team||Claremont Football Club (WAFL)|
|Draft||#20, 2004 Rookie Draft, Collingwood|
|Height/Weight||188cm / 91kg|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.
Heritier "Harry" Lumumba (born 15 November 1986) is a professional Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League. Until December 2013 he was known as Harry O'Brien, before he chose to revert to the name of his biological father.
The 187 cm Lumumba, who has played most of his football as a medium defender, has the distinction of being the first Brazilian-born player in the Australian Football League. He was picked up with pick 21 in the 2004 AFL Rookie Draft by Collingwood, and made his debut in Round 18 of 2005 against Fremantle at the MCG. He kicked a great goal against the Kangaroos shortly after his debut, and did enough to be retained on the rookie list. In 2006 Harry showed more improvement and was elevated to the senior list again during the year, this time due to the absence of Sean Rusling, playing a total of 9 games.
He has played in numbers 43, 30 and his current number 8. In 2010 he has won his first All-Australian honour in the half-back flank. He was instrumental in Collingwood's 2010 grand final replay win over St Kilda and kicked a long goal from the boundary line late in the game.
On 15 October 2014, after issues with the club and management, Lumumba and Collingwood agreed to part ways and he joined the Melbourne Football Club in a three-club deal with Mitch Clark going to Geelong and Travis Varcoe joining Collingwood.
He was born to a Brazilian mother and a Congolese father in Rio de Janeiro, and moved to Western Australia when he was 3 years old. However he was raised by his Australian stepfather and was 19 years old when he found out about his biological father. He supported the Essendon Bombers as a child, with his family owning a pet dog named Sheedy after the long-time Essendon coach, Kevin Sheedy.
He went to school at Rossmoyne Primary from 1994–99, and also went to Rossmoyne Senior High School.
Lumumba changed his name to Harry O'Brien when he was 9 years old, taking an anglicised Christian name and the O'Brien surname of his step-father. In December 2013, he decided to change his name back and officially be named "Heritier Lumumba" in recognition of his father's family name and his paternal Congolese heritage.
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2014 season
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
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- "African journey helps O'Brien". Realfooty.com.au. Retrieved 2007-02-12.
- Warner, Michael (11 March 2009) Pies confirm tragic loss; Herald Sun
- Rielly, Stephen (6 December 2013). "Harry reclaims his birth name: Heritier Lumumba". Collingwoodfc.com.au. BigPond.
- Heritier Lumumba's player profile at AFL Tables
- Heritier Lumumba's profile on the official website of the Collingwood Football Club
- Heritier Lumumba's statistics from AFL Tables