LuaLua with Brighton & Hove Albion in 2011
|Full name||Kazenga LuaLua|
|Date of birth||10 December 1990|
|Place of birth||Kinshasa, Zaire|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2009||→ Doncaster Rovers (loan)||4||(0)|
|2010||→ Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)||11||(0)|
|2010||→ Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)||11||(4)|
|2011||→ Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)||9||(0)|
|2011–2018||Brighton & Hove Albion||127||(13)|
|2017||→ Queens Park Rangers (loan)||11||(1)|
|2017||→ Queens Park Rangers (loan)||8||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:55, 27 April 2019 (UTC)|
Kazenga LuaLua (born 10 December 1990) is an English–Congolese professional footballer who plays as a winger for Luton Town. He previously played for Brighton & Hove Albion, Newcastle United, Doncaster Rovers, Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland.
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Newcastle United & loan spells
Born in Kinshasa, LuaLua moved to England shortly after his birth. He moved to Newcastle as a youngster, as his older brother Lomana LuaLua was signed by Newcastle United. Kazenga progressed in Newcastle's youth academy, and played for the reserve team. He was called up to the senior squad for the first time for the FA Cup third-round game against Birmingham City on 6 January 2007. At just 16 years and 27 days old, LuaLua would have been the youngest player to play for Newcastle: the record is currently held by Steve Watson.
He was part of the Newcastle youth team that reached the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup in the 2005–06 season. LuaLua finally made his first-team debut on 6 January 2008, coming on in the 74th minute of an FA Cup third-round game against Stoke City as a substitute for Damien Duff.
LuaLua made his Premier League debut on 19 January 2008, coming on as a substitute again for Duff at St James' Park in a match against Bolton Wanderers and went on to make several appearances for the first team later that season.
Loan to Doncaster Rovers
In January 2009 LuaLua signed for Doncaster Rovers of the Championship on loan until the end of the season. All four of his appearances game in the league where the Yorkshire club finished 14th of the 2008–09 Championship season.
Loan to Brighton & Hove Albion
On 9 February 2010, LuaLua joined League One side Brighton & Hove Albion on loan, initially for one month. LuaLua was recommended to Brighton manager Gus Poyet by Dennis Wise. LuaLua rejoined Brighton on loan for four months on 30 August 2010. He then made his debut back at Brighton on 11 September 2010 and made it one to remember scoring a rocket 25-yard free kick in style and celebrating with his famous double backflip. He won the Football League Young Player of the Month in October 2010. On 13 November LuaLua broke his leg playing against Hartlepool United in a League One game. LuaLua shortly returned to Newcastle to make his recovery, and expressed his hope that he may play again in the 2010–11 season. Gus Poyet stated that LuaLua played a key part in Brighton's promotion to the Championship.
Back to Newcastle after injury
LuaLua remained at Newcastle for treatment and made his first Premier League appearance of the season in a 2–2 draw with Chelsea on the penultimate week of the season. It was LuaLua's dangerous run and cut inside around Branislav Ivanović which won Newcastle the corner leading to their late equaliser.
Brighton & Hove Albion
LuaLua rejoined Brighton on a six-month loan with a view to a permanent deal on 16 July 2011. He signed a permanent deal with Brighton for an undisclosed fee on 21 November 2011. LuaLua scored his first goal as a permanent Brighton player on 14 February 2012, a long-range free kick that tied a home match against Millwall 2–2. LuaLua's goal came two minutes before the end and salvaged a point for Brighton. The next Sunday, LuaLua scored a free-kick into the Kop End at Anfield in the FA Cup, against Liverpool as Brighton lost 6–1. With competition from fellow wingers Craig Noone, Will Buckley and Vicente, LuaLua swapped between starting and coming off the bench as an impact substitute in the following weeks.
LuaLua found opportunities limited at Brighton in the 2016–17 season as the south coast club secured promotion to the Premier League, only featuring for the Seagulls five times throughout the first half of the season in all competitions, and he did not make a senior appearance for the club after the month of August.
Queens Park Rangers (loan)
On 10 January 2017, LuaLua joined Queens Park Rangers on loan until the end of the 2016/2017 season. LuaLua scored one goal in 11 games throughout his loan spell, a backheel against Preston North End.
After Brighton's promotion to the Premier League, LuaLua was deemed surplus to requirements, and as such he re-joined QPR on a second loan spell until January 2018. The loan move was terminated on 1 December 2017, with LuaLua making eight league appearances for the R's in his second spell at the club.
On 25 January 2018, Brighton and LuaLua reached a mutual agreement to terminate his contract, with it having been set to expire in the summer of 2018. He subsequently joined Sunderland on a free transfer, signing a short term contract with the Black Cats until the end of the 2017–18 season. At the end of the 2017–18 season, following Sunderland's relegation, he was released by the club.
On 26 September 2018, LuaLua signed for Luton Town until the end of the 2018–19 season. He scored his first goal for the Hatters in a 3–0 EFL Trophy victory over Milton Keynes Dons on 9 October 2018, and his first League One goal for the club was a 94th minute equaliser against Walsall on 29 December 2018. LuaLua played in 22 league appearances scoring twice as The Hatters were promoted to the Championship as the league champions.
He is the younger brother of DR Congo international striker Lomana LuaLua. He is also the cousin of striker Trésor Kandol and Everton midfielder Yannick Bolasie, and also the brother-in-law of Reading striker Yann Kermorgant.
- As of match played 27 April 2019
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Newcastle United||2007–08||Premier League||2||0||3||0||0||0||—||5||0|
|Doncaster Rovers (loan)||2008–09||Championship||4||0||—||—||—||4||0|
|Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)||2009–10||League One||11||0||—||—||—||11||0|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||2011–12||Championship||18||1||2||1||—||—||20||2|
|Brighton & Hove Albion Reserves & Academy||2016–17||—||—||—||2[b]||0||2||0|
|Queens Park Rangers (loan)||2016–17||Championship||11||1||—||—||—||11||1|
|Luton Town||2018–19||League One||22||2||3||0||—||3[c]||1||28||3|
Brighton & Hove Albion
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- Kazenga LuaLua at Soccerbase