Mavuba Mafuila

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Mavuba Mafuila
Personal information
Full name Mafuila Mavuba Ku Mbundu
Date of birth (1949-12-15)December 15, 1949
Place of birth Zaire
Date of death 1997
National team

Mafuila "Ricky" Mavuba Ku Mbundu (15 December 1949 in Léopoldville – 1997) was a football player from Zaïre, nicknamed The Black Sorcerer. His son is Rio Mavuba, who is a French international footballer.


Ricky Mavuba was a football player. He competed for Zaire at the 1974 FIFA World Cup in Germany[1] and also won the 1974 African Cup of Nations in Egypt defeating Zambia in a second game by 2–0.

Mavuba is remembered for taking direct free kicks and penalty kick executions. He is credited with being the first Congolese footballer ever to score from a corner kick: a curved shot that went in straight in the back of the net without deflections.

Following his football career, Mavuba moved to Angola. He fled the country with his family at the onset of the civil war in 1984 and lived as a refugee in France until his death in 1997.[2]

Club career[edit]

Defensive midfield player from Zaïre, winger from AS Vita Club of Kinshasa with He won the CAF Champions League in 1973.


FIFA World Cup: 1974
Africa Cup of Nations: Champion in 1974 Against Zambia in Egypt (2–2 playoff 2–0).


  1. ^ Mafuila MavubaFIFA competition record
  2. ^ Hawkey, Ian (2006-10-15). "Bordeaux driven by mystery man Mavuba". Times Online. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 

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