Junior Kabananga

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Junior Kabananga
Personal information
Full name Junior Kabananga Kalonji
Date of birth (1989-04-04) 4 April 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Astana
Number 30
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 FC MK Etanchéité
2010–2013 Anderlecht 5 (1)
2011 Germinal Beerschot (loan) 3 (0)
2012–2013 Roeselare (loan) 29 (5)
2013–2015 Cercle Brugge 64 (13)
2015 Astana 13 (5)
2016 Kardemir Karabükspor (loan) 7 (2)
2016– Astana 12 (5)
National team
2014– DR Congo 15 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:02, 1 November 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:00, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

Junior Kabananga Kalonji (born 4 April 1989) is a Congolese international footballer who plays for Kazakh team Astana, as a striker.

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

Born in Kinshasa, Kabananga began his early career with FC MK Etanchéité.[1] He made his senior debut for Belgian club Anderlecht in the 2010-11 season,[2] although Anderlecht later admitted negligence when transferring the player from Democratic Republic of the Congo after a forged document was used.[3] He moved on loan to Germinal Beerschot in January 2011,[4] and also spent the 2012–13 season on loan at Roeselare.[5] He signed a permanent two-year contract with Cercle Brugge in July 2013.[6]

In June 2015 he signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Kazakhstan Premier League side FC Astana.[7] He scored five goals in 13 games of the second stage of the championship of Kazakhstan and became the champion of the country with FC Astana. In the same season he played in the UEFA Champions League in 12 matches for the "Astana", including all six group stage games. But, coming on as a substitute in most games, unable to realize their moments.

On 1 February 2016, Kabananga joined Kardemir Karabükspor on loan until the end of the 2015–16 Turkish season.[8]

In June 2016 he was returned from the rent [9] and at the second stage of the championship helped "Astana" to make a golden double, scoring 5 goals in 12 championship games and three goals in the semi-final and final of the Cup of Kazakhstan. In the qualification of the Champions League and the Europa League group stage he played in all 12 games and scored Belarusian BATE and Greek "Olympiacos".

International[edit]

He made his international debut for DR Congo in 2014.[1] In January 2015 he was named in the final squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.[10]

Honours[edit]

Astana

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 9 December 2016[5]
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cercle Brugge 2013–14 Belgian Pro League 34 5 3 2 - - 37 7
2014–15 30 8 2 0 - - 32 8
Total 64 13 5 2 - - - - 69 15
Astana 2015 Kazakhstan Premier League 13 5 2 0 12 0 0 0 25 5
2016 12 5 2 3 12 2 0 0 27 10
Total 25 10 4 3 24 2 0 0 53 15
Kardemir Karabükspor (loan) 2015–16 TFF First League 7 2 0 0 7 2
Career total 96 25 9 5 24 2 0 0 129 32

International[edit]

As of match played 29 January 2017[1]
DR Congo
Year Apps Goals
2014 3 1
2015 8 0
2017 4 3
Total 15 4

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list DR Congo's goal tally first.[1]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 October 2014 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Ivory Coast  Ivory Coast 2–1 4–3 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2. 16 January 2017 Stade d'Oyem, Oyem, Gabon  Morocco 1–0 1–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
3. 20 January 2017 Stade d'Oyem, Oyem, Gabon  Ivory Coast 2–1 2–2 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
4. 24 January 2017 Stade de Port-Gentil, Port-Gentil, Gabon  Togo 1–0 3–1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Junior Kabananga". National Football Teams. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Profile" (in Dutch). Voebtal International. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Anderlecht avoue sa faute" (in French). So Foot. 17 April 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Kingsley Kobo (17 January 2011). "Anderlecht's Congolese Striker Junior Kabananga On Loan To Germinal Beerschot". Goal.com. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Junior Kabananga profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Junior Kabananga naar Cercle Brugge" (in Dutch). Sport Wereld. 6 July 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  7. ^ ""АСТАНА" ПОПОЛНИЛАСЬ ЕЩЕ ОДНИ НОВИЧКОМ" (in Russian). FC Astana. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Junior Kabananga ile Resmi Sözleşme İmzalanmıştır". www.kardemirkarabukspor.org.tr (in Turkish). Kardemir Karabükspor. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "Срок аренды Кабананга в "Карабюкспор" подошел к концу". fca.kz (in Russian). FC Astana. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "2015 Nations Cup: Yannick Bolasie in DR Congo squad". BBC Sport. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Астана" стала чемпионом страны
  12. ^ «Астана» — обладатель Кубка Казахстана 2016!