|Full name||Cherno Samba|
|Date of birth||10 January 1985|
|Place of birth||Banjul, Gambia|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2005–2006||→ Malaga B (loan)||18||(11)|
|2007||→ Wrexham (loan)||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Samba began his career with Millwall before moving to Spain to join Cádiz. He spent time on loan with Malaga B before returning to England to play for Plymouth Argyle. He played on loan for Wrexham and then played Haka in Finland and Panetolikos in Greece before moving to FK Tønsberg in Norway.
Samba was born in Banjul, Gambia. His father was a goalkeeper for the Gambian national team and his family moved to Watford, England when he was six, and then to Peckham, South London and was educated at the St Joseph's Academy, Blackheath.
He started his career at Millwall. His prolific form continued, and he was allowed to talk to other clubs by Millwall – both Manchester United and Liverpool showed interest, however Millwall turned down a Liverpool offer of £2 million. In return, Millwall agreed a contract, whereby he was guaranteed three-years of football at senior team level, on him signing full school boy forms.
He returned to English football after Ian Holloway signed him for free on 31 August 2006 for Championship club Plymouth Argyle, on a two-year contract. Samba made his Football League debut on 30 September as a 74th-minute substitute for Reuben Reid at the Ricoh Arena against Coventry City, and within eight minutes he scored his first League goal in a 1–0 win for Argyle, heading in a cross from fellow replacement Hasney Aljofree.
On 8 August 2008, Samba signed an 18-month contract with Finnish side FC Haka.
In 2009, he returned to England and went on trial with various English clubs including Norwich City and Portsmouth. He signed a two-year contract with Greek Second Division club Panetolikos in February 2010.
On 26 July 2011, he joined English Conference National side Forest Green Rovers on trial for a game against Bristol City. He however failed to earn himself a contract. He then joined another Conference club on trial, Alfreton Town.
On 20 July 2015, Samba announced his retirement from football, due to injury.
In August 2008, he was called up to the Gambia squad for the 2010 World Cup qualifying match against Liberia and on 6 September 2008, he made his first appearance for Gambia as he played the final minutes of the match. He scored his first goal for the Scorpions in a friendly against Tunisia on 9 January 2010 when he headed in a Sanna Nyassi cross to open the scoring. The goal was made all the more special for Samba as it came on the eve of his 25th birthday. His last international appearance was against Mexico in June 2010. Samba was named in Gambia's squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, but chose not to participate.
|1||9 January 2010||Stade El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia||3||Tunisia||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
In popular culture
Samba was well-known among players of computer game Championship Manager, due to the fact that he became an incredibly good player further down the line in the game, despite his relatively cheap price tag; this turned him into something of a cult hero amongst fans of the game. Although he confessed to never playing Championship Manager, he revealed that his mobile phone provider once cut the delivery time from 2–3 months to next-day delivery on learning that he was serving Samba.
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