Lynel Kitambala

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Lynel Kitambala
SM Caen vs UNFP, July 30th 2016 - Lynel Kitambala 1.jpg
Kitambala in 2016
Personal information
Full name Lynel Darcy Kitambala
Date of birth (1988-10-26) October 26, 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Creil, France
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Union SG
Number 99
Youth career
1999–2000 US Thiverny
2000–2002 FC Creil
2002–2003 US Pont Sainte-Maxence
2003–2004 INF Clairefontaine
2004–2008 Auxerre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Auxerre 8 (0)
2009–2010 Dijon (loan) 34 (13)
2010–2011 Lorient 27 (6)
2011–2014 Saint-Étienne 20 (0)
2012–2013 Dynamo Dresden (loan) 17 (2)
2013–2014 Auxerre (loan) 29 (2)
2014–2015 Sporting Charleroi 28 (5)
2015 Levski Sofia 7 (0)
2016– Union SG 0 (0)
National team
2010 France U20 5 (4)
2009–2010 France U21 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:33, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

Lynel Darcy Kitambala (born 26 October 1988 in Creil) is a French footballer of Congolese descent who currently plays as a winger for Belgian club Royale Union Saint-Gilloise.


After playing for four other youth clubs in France, Kitambala finished his formation with Auxerre. After he was named on the bench for Auxerre's six games during 2007–08 season, he made his first team debut in a 0–0 home draw against Valenciennes on 1 November 2008, coming on as a substitute for Dennis Oliech.

In July 2009, Kitambala joined Ligue 2 club Dijon on a season-long loan deal.

On 20 August 2010, Kitambala signed a contract with Lorient,[1] for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of €1,5 million. He made his debut at Stade du Moustoir on 28 August, and scored the second goal in a 2–0 win over Lyon. On 25 September, Kitambala scored a goal in the 89th minute against Monaco, securing a 2–1 victory for Lorient. He ended the season with 8 goals in all competitions.

On 31 August 2011, Kitambala signed with Saint-Étienne for a reported fee of €2,5 million. He made his debut for the club on 10 September, in a 3–1 home loss against Lille OSC, coming on as a 85th-minute substitute for Laurent Batlles. He made only nine league starts throughout the season, in contrast to 24 starts he made in the previous season while at Lorient. In an attempt to earn some playing time, Kitambala spent the 2012–13 season on loan in the German 2. Bundesliga, where he played for Dynamo Dresden.

On 14 September 2015, Kitambala signed a two-year contract with Bulgarian side Levski Sofia.[2]


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