Chancel Mbemba

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Chancel Mbemba
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Personal information
Full name Chancel Mangulu Mbemba[1]
Date of birth (1994-08-08) 8 August 1994 (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Newcastle United
Number 18
Youth career
2006–2007 E.S. La Grace
2007–2008 Mputu
2008–2012 MK Étanchéité
2012–2013 Anderlecht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Anderlecht 63 (6)
2015– Newcastle United 54 (1)
National team
2012– DR Congo 38 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 December 2017 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 September 2017 (UTC)

Chancel Mangulu Mbemba (born 8 August 1994) is a Congolese international footballer who plays for English club Newcastle United.

Early life[edit]

Mbemba grew up in Kinshasa in a family of nine children. His mother, Antoinette, is a former basketball player who represented DR Congo.[3][4]

Career[edit]

Anderlecht[edit]

After playing youth football for several clubs including E.S. La Grace and FC MK Etanchéité in Kinshasa, Mbemba joined Belgian club Anderlecht in 2012.[3]

Mbemba mainly played with Anderlecht reserve and youth teams. At this point Mbemba requested to have a bone scan to dispel rumours that he was older than he actually was.[5] The bone scan proved his age was indeed correct.[6] Mbemba eventually made his senior debut on 28 July 2013 in their opening match of the 2013–14 Belgian Pro League season, a 2–3 defeat to Lokeren.[7]

He made a further 28 appearances during the 2014–15 season as they finished in third spot in the league. They also finished runners-up in the 2014–15 Belgian Cup, losing 1–2 to Club Brugge in the final.[8]

Newcastle United[edit]

On 26 July 2015, English Premier League side Newcastle United confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Anderlecht for the transfer of Mbemba, who also agreed personal terms and passed a medical.[9] On 30 July, Mbemba was officially unveiled as a Newcastle United player, signing a five-year contract with the club.[10]

He scored his first goal for the club on 7 May 2017 against Barnsley on the same day that Newcastle clinched the EFL Championship title a year after relegation.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 30 December 2017[12][13]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Anderlecht 2013–14 Belgian Pro League 35 5 0 0 0 0 5 1 40 6
2014–15 28 1 2 0 0 0 7 2 37 3
Total 63 6 2 0 0 0 12 3 77 9
Newcastle United 2015–16 Premier League 33 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 35 0
2016–17 Championship 12 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 13 1
2017–18 Premier League 9 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
Total 54 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 58 1
Career total 117 7 3 0 3 0 12 3 135 10

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list DR Congo's goal tally first.[14]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 October 2015 Stade de la Cité de l'Oie, Visé, Belgium  Gabon 2–1 2–1 Friendly
2. 10 June 2017 Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, DR Congo  Congo 3–1 1–1 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
3. 5 September 2017 Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, DR Congo  Tunisia 1–0 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Anderlecht

Newcastle United

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Player Profile Chancel Mbemba". premierleague.com. Barclays Premier League. 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Thirion, Xavier (9 November 2013). "Mbemba: "Je veux marquer l'histoire d'Anderlecht"". L'Avenir (in French). Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Douglas, Mark (23 July 2015). "Newcastle United new boy Chancel Mbemba's remarkable back story marks him out as a future star". ChronicleLive. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Sinnot, John (1 February 2013). "Football's age fraud: FIFA probes player with 'four birthdays'". CNN. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Jupiler Pro League's best youngsters and future European stars". Benefoot. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Congo DR – C. Mbemba – Profile with news, career statistics and history – Soccerway". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Club Brugge 2–1 Anderlecht". Soccerway. 22 March 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Chancel Mbemba Deal Moves Closer" (Press release). Newcastle United. 26 July 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Mbemba Joins United" (Press release). Newcastle United. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Newcastle 3–0 Barnsley". BBC. 7 May 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  12. ^ "C. MBEMBA". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "Chancel Mbemba". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  14. ^ "Mbemba, Chancel". National Football Teams. Retrieved 10 June 2017. 
  15. ^ a b Chancel Mbemba at Soccerway. Retrieved 22 August 2015.

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