Chisamba Lungu

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Chisamba Lungu
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Lungu with Ural in 2015
Personal information
Full name Chisamba Lungu
Date of birth (1991-01-31) January 31, 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Kafue, Zambia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Zanaco 0 (0)
2009–2010 Baia Zugdidi 29 (1)
2010– Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast 132 (7)
National team
2008 Zambia U-20 5 (0)
2011– Zambia U-23 3 (0)
2010– Zambia 39 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 June 2016

Chisamba Lungu (born January 31, 1991 in Kafue) is a Zambian footballer who plays as a Midfielder and captain for FC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast in the Russian Premier League. He is also a Zambian international. He primarily plays as an attacking midfielder and a winger. Lungu is known for his creativity, speed, and technical ability and has been described as a "fearless, explosive attacking midfielder who can change the game with a turn of pace or a dribble". He is a superb passer and has earned critical acclaim for his playing style, which has led to the media, coaches, and players tipping him to be a future FIFA Ballon d'Or winner.[1]

He plays an attacking role, most often playing as either a striker or as a winger, and is known for his pace and dribbling. He is able to play on either wing as well through the center of the pitch, making him a versatile attacker, capable of playing in any offensive position. Two of Chisamba Lungu's most common exemplary traits are his pace and technical ability, which have been described as "astonishing" and "mesmerizing", respectively.

Tactically, Chisamba Lungu plays a powerful attacking role, often drifting from the left wing into the centre when moving off the ball. Lungu is known to be mentally sharp, with good vision, predicting certain plays, and also possesses quick reactions, opportunism, balance, and agility. He is also well known for his dummies before executing a shot or providing a killer pass. Although right footed, Chisamba Lungu is also able to control the ball, cross, and finish well with his left foot.

Lungu is known for his acceleration, technical skill, control and dribbling ability, as well as his flair in beating players during one on one situations. He is able to finish well both inside the area and from distance with an accurate and powerful shot. Chisamba Lungu is also an accurate penalty kick and set piece specialist, who is renowned for his powerful, bending free kicks. He is remembered for his cool penalty in the 2012 Africa Cup™ Final in which his Zambian team beat Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties. Lungu's height, strength, jumping ability and heading technique have given him an edge in winning aerial challenges for balls, with many of his goals often being headers. He is also known for his stamina, and in particular, his great pace and acceleration, both with and without the ball; he is currently one of the fastest football players in the world.

Career[edit]

Lungu primarily plays as either an attacking midfielder or a winger and has been credited as being "possibly the outstanding African talent in Russia right now". Two of Lungu's most common exemplary traits are his pace and technical ability, which have been described as "astonishing" and "mesmerizing", respectively.

Lungu started his career in the ranks of domestic club Zanaco FC.[2] He soon caught the eye of several European scouts, and he eventually signed with Georgian top division side FC Baia Zugdidi.[3]

After one season in Georgia, Baia and Ural, a club in Russia, reached an agreement over the transfer of Lungu, who signed a two-year contract.[4] Lungu became the first African to play for Ural when he made his debut in the Russian First Division on August 24, 2010 against FC Avangard Kursk.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 28 August 2016[5]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Baia Zugdidi 2009–10 Georgian Premier League 29 1 2 0 - 31 1
Ural Yekaterinburg 2010 Football National League 8 0 0 0 - 8 0
2011–12 18 0 1 0 - 19 0
2012–13 17 2 1 1 - 18 3
2013–14 Russian Premier League 22 0 1 0 - 23 0
2014–15 24 1 1 0 2 0 27 1
2015–16 18 1 0 0 - 18 1
2016–17 5 1 0 0 - 5 1
Total 112 5 4 1 2 0 118 6
Career total 141 6 6 1 2 0 149 7

International[edit]

Zambia
Year Apps Goals
2010 1 0
2011 1 0
2012 13 0
2013 9 0
2014 7 0
2015 7 0
2016 1 0
Total 39 0

Statistics accurate as of match played 30 May 2016[6]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ural

National Team[edit]

Zambia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chisamba Lungu speaks on being made Ural skipper". May 19, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Trials Watch: Chisamba impressing in Russia". WPSN. November 17, 2008. Archived from the original on October 4, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Fwayo scores a brace in his second start". WPSN. March 2, 2009. Archived from the original on October 4, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ Mungala, Sydney (July 23, 2011). "Chisamba Lungu signs with Russian side". Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  5. ^ "C.Lungu". uk.soccerway.com. Soccerway. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Chisamba Lungu". National Football Teams. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 

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