Mbala Mbuta Biscotte

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Mbala Mbuta
Personal information
Full name Lakuya Mbala Mbuta Biscotte
Date of birth (1985-04-07) 7 April 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
SO Choletais
Number 8
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 TP Mazembe 36 (16)
2003–2004 DC Motema Pembe 71 (45)
2004–2005 Hapoel Tel Aviv 14 (8)
2005–2006 Yverdon-Sport FC 33 (19)
2006–2007 Grasshopper Club Zürich 22 (8)
2007–2009 Yverdon-Sport FC 17 (8)
2008 Al-Ittihad (Jeddah) (loan)[1] 18 (13)
2014 – TP Mazembe
National team
2002–2010 DR Congo 32 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mbala Mbuta Biscotte (born 7 April 1985 in Kinshasa) is a Congolese footballer who last plays as striker for FC Locarno.

Career[edit]

Mbala has previously played for Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C. and Grasshopper Club Zürich,[2] he also played for the congolese club DC Motema Pembe, because of him they won the cup of Congo.

International career[edit]

Biscotte is a popular player on the DR Congo national football team. He appeared in the 2004 African Nations Cup where the Congo failed to advance to the second round. He has made regularly appearances for the national squad since late 2004.[3] In 2004/2005 he helped the Congo qualify for the 2006 African Nations Cup. Biscotte played in every match in the 2006 African Nations Cup where the Congo made it to the quarter-finals.

Perhaps his most famous moment was against South Africa in 2004 for 2006 World Cup/African Nations Cup qualifying. In the 87th minute he made a mazy run around numerous defenders deep in South Africa's end that set up Kabamba Musasa for a tap in goal that gave the DR Congo a 1–0 victory.Because of that victory the fan named him Pied de Jesus (Jesus' foot) and also named him sauvons le Congo meaning Saves Congo due to the fact that his intervention revived DR Congo's qualification chances.

Biscotte also featured prominently in the BBC documentary Frontline Football, part one of which followed the Congolese national team as they prepared for the match against South Africa. The goal he set up for Kabamba Musasa features as a perfect climax to the documentary.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list DR Congo's goal tally first.[4]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 January 2004 Port Said Stadium, Port Said, Egypt  Egypt 2–2 2–2 Friendly
2. 20 June 2004 Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, DR Congo  Burkina Faso 2–1 3–2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 16 August 2005 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris, France  Guinea 1–0 3–1 Friendly

Personal life[edit]

Biscotte's brother Glynn has represented DR Congo's Under 21s, and is currently playing in England for Brigg Town.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mbala Biscotte – Football.ch
  2. ^ "Stats Centre: Biscotte Mbala Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  3. ^ Biscotte MbalaFIFA competition record
  4. ^ "Biscotte, Mbala". National Football Teams. Retrieved 7 April 2017.