Mushaga Bakenga

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Mushaga Bakenga
Personal information
Full name Mushagalusa Bakenga
Joar Namugunga[1]
Date of birth (1992-08-08) 8 August 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Trondheim, Norway
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Eintracht Braunschweig
Number 23
Youth career
2004 National
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 National 34 (26)
2007–2008 Rosenborg II 14 (6)
2009–2012 Rosenborg 34 (12)
2012– Club Brugge 8 (1)
2012–2013 Cercle Brugge (loan) 27 (7)
2013–2014 Esbjerg (loan) 24 (6)
2014– Eintracht Braunschweig (loan) 4 (0)
National team
2007 Norway U-15 4 (4)
2008 Norway U-16 12 (8)
2009 Norway U-17 10 (1)
2010 Norway U-18 7 (6)
2009–2011 Norway U-19 11 (4)
2011– Norway U-21 14 (10)
2014– Norway 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 November 2013

Mushagalusa Bakenga Joar Namugunga (born 8 August 1992 in Trondheim, Norway), commonly known as Mushaga "Mush" Bakenga, is a Norwegian professional footballer of Congolese descent, who currently plays as a striker for 2. Bundesliga side Eintracht Braunschweig on loan from Club Brugge.

Career[edit]

At a very young age Bakenga was spotted, his rise to the first team is testament to his undoubted ability to score goals. From the age of 13 he had averaged over 50 goals a season, with these performances linking him to Bayern Munich and Manchester City. Bakenga began his career with SK Nationalkameratene[2] and joined Rosenborg BK in February 2007. He was on trial with Chelsea's academy in the spring.[3][4] From 2009 he trained with Rosenborg's senior team twice a week.[5] He also played on the Norwegian u-19 national team, despite not being 17 years old yet.[6] His first selection in the senior squad came in August 2009 against Bodø/Glimt, but he did not play.[7] His actual début in the Norwegian Premier League came on 23 September 2009 against Tromsø. He nearly scored in the goalless draw—a goal from Bakenga would have secured the league title for Rosenborg.[8]

In 2010, Bakenga was plagued by injuries and played only a few matches for Rosenborg. But, after scoring six times in pre-season, Bakenga secured a position in the starting line-up at the start of 2011 Norwegian Premier League. He scored Rosenborg's only goal in the loss against Brann, before a wonderful strike against Stabæk. Mush scored 12 league goals in 2011. In January 2012, Hannover 96 offered 10 million NOK for Bakenga, but Rosenborg rejected the offer.[9] Later in January, Rosenborg received another offer for Bakenga, this time for €2.6m from Club Brugge. Rosenborg accepted, and Bakenga signed a five-and-a-half-year contract on 28 January.[10] He scored in his debut for Club Brugge, in the 5–1 win against Beerschot on 5 February 2012.[11] It was not only the goal that he will remember from his debut: "I never ran so fast in my life. I did not even have time to explain to the coach what was wrong. Luckily I just made it in time," said Bakenga, having to run to the toilet during his debut match.[12]

Bakenga played in the 2013 Belgian Cup Final, which Cercle lost 2–0 against Genk.[13]

On 8 July 2014, he joined German club Eintracht Braunschweig on a one-year loan deal.[14]

International career[edit]

Bakenga has represented Norway from under-15 level up to under-21 level.[15] He scored a hat-trick for the under-19 team in the match against Moldova U19 in April 2011.[16] Later the same year he made his debut for the under-21 team later the same year. He was not included in the Norwegian squad for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, but scored four goals for the "new" under-21 team in the match against Poland U21 on 10 June 2013.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 8 July 2014
Club Season Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rosenborg 2009 Tippeligaen 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2010 5 0 1 0 1 0 7 0
2011 26 12 3 4 6 0 35 16
Norway 34 12 4 4 7 0 45 16
Club Brugge 2011–12 Jupiler Pro League 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
Cercle Brugge 2012–13 27 7 6 4 0 0 33 11
Belgium 35 8 6 4 0 0 41 12
Esbjerg 2013–14 Superliga 24 6 1 2 5 1 30 9
Denmark 24 6 1 2 5 1 30 9
Eintracht Braunschweig 2014–15 2. Bundesliga 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Germany 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Career Total 97 26 11 10 12 1 120 37

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Rosenborg

Club[edit]

Cercle Brugge

Personal life[edit]

His parents hail from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[20] He's the nephew of doctor Denis Mukwege.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Skatten 2009". VG Nett (in Norwegian). Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Chelsea Trial Norwegian Starlet Mushaga Joar Bakenga
  3. ^ "Derfor har RBK guttelag neste år". Adresseavisen (in Norwegian). 6 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "Da Chelsea var på Nissekollen". Adresseavisen (in Norwegian). 6 September 2007. 
  5. ^ Oddekalv, Line L. (12 June 2009). "Gjesteopptreden med gevinst". Adresseavisen (in Norwegian). 
  6. ^ Oddekalv, Line L. (19 June 2009). "- Det er ikke sprint, men maraton!". Adresseavisen (in Norwegian). 
  7. ^ Strøm, Ole Kristian (15 August 2009). "- Jeg har et stort hjerte for RBK". VG Sport (in Norwegian). 
  8. ^ Sagbakken, Ole K.; Bråten, Roy Tommy (19 June 2009). "Jeg kommer til å tenke på det i 10–15 år fremover". Adresseavisen (in Norwegian). 
  9. ^ "RBK avslo Bakenga-bud på 10 millioner kroner". tv2.no (in Norwegian). TV 2. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Hansen, Knut Arne (29 January 2012). "Bakenga klar for Club Brugge". vg.no (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Bakenga scoret i debuten". Norwegian News Agency (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. 5 February 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Season review: Belgium". Berend Scholten. UEFA.com. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Ingen cupjubel for Bakenga" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Norwegian News Agency. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Mushaga Bakenga fünfter Neuzugang der Löwen" (in German). eintracht.com. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  15. ^ NFF Profil fotball.no
  16. ^ Drangsholt, Gaute Bugge (28 April 2011). "Hat trick fra Bakenga sikret G19-seier" (in Norwegian). TV 2. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  17. ^ Hove, Lasse Bjarte (10 June 2013). "Se Bakenga score fire mot Polen" (in Norwegian). TV 2. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Mestvinnende spillere" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  19. ^ "ROSENBORG-JUBEL I JUNIORFINALEN" (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. 31 October 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  20. ^ Myren, Thomas (5 September 2009). "Bakenga håper på RBK-debut" (in Norwegian). Rosenborg BK. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  21. ^ Øgar, Sindre (15 January 2014). "Det er sånt et barn ikke skal se og oppleve" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Retrieved 15 January 2014.