Joseph Minala

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Joseph Minala
Personal information
Full name Joseph Marie Minala
Date of birth (1996-08-24) 24 August 1996 (age 20)
Place of birth Yaoundé, Cameroon
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Salernitana
Number 17
Youth career
2013–2014 Lazio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014– Lazio 3 (0)
2014–2015 Bari (loan) 18 (3)
2015–2016 Latina (loan) 3 (1)
2016 Bari (loan) 1 (0)
2017 Salernitana (loan) 14 (1)
2017– Salernitana (loan) 0 (0)
National team
Cameroon U23 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 May 2017

Joseph Marie Minala (born 24 August 1996) is a Cameroonian footballer who plays as a midfielder Serie B side Salernitana on loan from Lazio.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

At the age of 15, Minala left Yaoundé and moved to Rome.[1] He began playing for amateur club Vigor Perconti and attracted the attention of Napoli, who gave him a two-month trial.[1] He was spotted by Lazio scouts in 2013, while representing the region of Lazio in the Trofeo delle Regioni.[2] He joined Lazio in the summer of 2013.[3]

In early 2014, Minala then made news when his age was publicly disputed by multiple parties. Both Lazio and the player denied the claims.[4] In May 2014, the Italian FA completed their investigation into the claims, confirming the accuracy of his given age and announcing that no disciplinary action would be taken against him or Lazio.[5]

Lazio[edit]

Minala broke into Lazio's senior team on 16 March 2014, when he was an unused substitute in the match against Cagliari.[6] He then made his full Serie A debut on 6 April 2014, replacing Senad Lulić for the last 13 minutes of a 2–0 home win against Sampdoria.[7]

Loan to Bari[edit]

On 25 August 2014 it was announced that Minala would join on loan Serie B side Bari for the 2014–15 season.[8] On 13 December 2014, as a 73rd-minute substitute for Marco Augusto Romizi, he scored his first career goal, the last-minute decider in an away victory over Cittadella.[9] A week later, he again scored the only goal to defeat Latina at the Stadio San Nicola.[10] On 28 December 2014, Minala was sent off in a 3–0 home defeat to Spezia.[11] On 11 April 2015, Minala scored the third of his three goals that season, the equaliser in a 1–1 draw with Crotone with three minutes remaining, six minutes after replacing Cristian Galano.[12] Thirteen days later, as a half-time replacement for Romizi, he was sent off for a second time in a game of the same result against Bologna.[13]

Loan to Latina[edit]

On 6 July 2015, Minala was again loaned to a Serie B team, Latina.[14][15] He made his debut on 9 August 2015, starting in a 4–1 home defeat to Lega Pro team Pavia in the first round of the Coppa Italia.[16] He scored his first goal for the team on 27 October 2015, equalising in a 2–1 loss to Ternana at the Stadio Domenico Francioni.[17]

Loan to Salernitana[edit]

On 21 January 2017, Minala joined Serie B side Salernitana on loan with an option to buy.[18]

International career[edit]

Minala played for Cameroon at under-23 level in their unsuccessful qualification campaign for the 2015 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations. He scored against Sierra Leone in a 1–1 draw on 30 May 2015, but Cameroon were eliminated in the second round on away goals.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 8 April 2017[20]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lazio 2013–14 Serie A 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016–17 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Bari (loan) 2014–15 Serie B 18 3 0 0 18 3
Latina (loan) 2015–16 3 1 1 0 4 1
Bari (loan) 2015–16 1 0 0 0 1 0
Salernitana (loan) 2016–17 12 1 0 0 12 1
Career total 37 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 38 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Meranzov, Martin (10 February 2014). "The story of Joseph Minala". LazioLand. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lazio threaten legal action over Minala age claims". ESPN. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Lazio threaten legal action after claims Cameroon 17 year-old Joseph Minala is actually 41". The Daily Telegraph. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Joseph Minala: Lazio respond to false age claims of teenager; BBC Sport, 13 February 2014
  5. ^ "Joseph Minala: Italian FA confirms Lazio youth player is 17". BBC Sport. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Cagliari vs. Lazio". Soccerway. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Lazio vs. Sampdoria - 6 April 2014 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.fcbari1908.club/mercato-minala-ss-lazio-titolo-temporaneo/
  9. ^ Giuliani, Marco (13 December 2014). "Cittadella-Bari 0-1: Minala regala il successo ai galletti nel finale" [Cittadella 0-1 Bari: Minala gives victory to the galletti at the end]. Bari Today (in Italian). Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "BARI-LATINA 1-0, NERAZZURRI POCO PERICOLOSI E MINALA BEFFA DI GENNARO" [BARI 1-0 LATINA, NERAZZURRI RARELY DANGEROUS AND MINALA MAKES A MOCKERY OUT OF DI GENNARO]. Latina Quotidiano (in Italian). 20 December 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Serie B: colpaccio Spezia, il Bari affonda" [Serie B: Spezia thrash, Bari sink] (in Italian). Sport Mediaset. 28 December 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Bari - Crotone 1-1". F.C. Bari 1908. 11 April 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "Bari-Bologna 1-1, le pagelle dei biancorossi: muro Guarna, disastro Minala" [Bari 1-1 Bologna, biancorossi ratings: Guarna was a wall, Minala was a disaster]. Bari Today. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "Comunicato" [Announcement] (in Italian). S.S. Lazio. 6 July 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  15. ^ "Lazio, Braafheid rinnova fino al 2016. E Minala va in prestito al Latina" [Lazio, Braafheid renews until 2016. And Minala goes on loan to Latina]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 6 July 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  16. ^ Ciochi, Giorgia (10 August 2015). "LATINA-PAVIA 1-4, PESANTE SCONFITTA DEI NERAZZURRI: ELIMINATI DALLA COPPA ITALIA" [LATINA 1-4 PAVIA, NERAZZURRI HEAVY DEFEAT: ELIMINATED FROM THE COPPA ITALIA]. Latina Quotidiano (in Italian). Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "Latina-Ternana 1-2, doppietta di Furlan ed è riscatto rossoverde: prima vittoria esterna" [Furlan's brace redeems the Rossoverde: first away victory] (in Italian). Umbria 24. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  18. ^ "Joseph Minala è un giocatore della Salernitana" [Joseph Minala is a player of Salernitana] (in Italian). U.S. Salernitana 1919. 21 January 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "OLYMPIC DREAM OVER CAMEROON". CAFonline.com. 31 May 2015. 
  20. ^ "Joseph Minala profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 

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