Mohamed M'Changama

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Mohamed M'Changama
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-06-08) 8 June 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Marseille, France
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Zilimadjou
Youth career
2007–2009 Aubagne
2009–2010 Gardanne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Nîmes 24 (5)
2011– Amiens 15 (0)
2012–2013 Amiens B 7 (2)
2017– Zilimadjou 0 (0)
National team
2010– Comoros 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2013.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 January 2011

Mohamed "Momo" M'Changama (born 8 June 1987) is a French-born Comorian football player who currently plays for local club US Zilimadjou in Comoros Premier League. He plays as a striker and joined his current club after stints with amateur clubs Aubagne and Gardanne and professional club Nîmes. M'Changama is a Comorian international and made his debut with the team on 9 October 2010 in a match against Mozambique.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

M'Changama was born in the city of Marseille to Comorian parents and developed an interest in football at a young age alongside his younger brother Youssouf.[1] The elder M'Changama struggled to make the grade among clubs situated around the south of France and, ultimately, considered giving the sport up.[1] On the other hand, M'Changama's younger brother Youssouf drew interest from several professional clubs and eventually signed a youth contract with Sedan. He later joined Troyes. With M'Changama's impending future looking bleak, he decided to focus more on his studies.[1]

In 2007, M'Changama returned to football joining amateur club Aubagne FC, who were playing in the Division d'Honneur, the sixth level of French football. He spent two seasons at the club and, in 2009, after displaying positive form with the club, secured a move to nearby club Gardanne in the Championnat de France amateur 2. M'Changama played on the club's senior team for the 2009–10 season helping Gardanne finish in a respectable 7th place in its group.

Nîmes[edit]

In 2010, M'Changama signed an amateur contract with professional club Nîmes Olympique. He was immediately inserted onto the club's reserve team. In September 2010, he was called up to the senior team by manager Jean-Michel Cavalli. M'Changama made his professional debut on 1 October in a league match against Le Mans appearing as a substitute in a 2–1 defeat.[2] He made his first start a fortnight later in a 0–0 draw with Istres.[3] M'Changama was praised for his contribution in the match against Istres by Cavalli and, subsequently, began training with the senior team on a regular basis. On 19 October, he scored his first professional goal in a 3–1 loss against Évian.[4]

On 11 November, M'Changama scored the game-winning goal against his brother's club Troyes in a 1–0 victory.[5] The goal was notable due in part to the fact that M'Changama was not scheduled to appear in the match. In the week leading up to the match, he was not named to the 16-man squad to appear in the match and was, subsequently, told that he would play in the reserves for the week.[1] On the day of the match, M'Changama performed routine day-to-day activities. While shopping at the mall, he was informed by one of the assistant coaches by phone that he would be needed for the Troyes match due to backup striker Madimoussa Traoré developing an illness during warm-ups.[6] M'Changama appeared on the bench in the match and, later, appeared as a substitute scoring the game-winning goal in the 76th minute.[7]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Croatia's goal tally first.[8]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 October 2015 Setsoto Stadium, Maseru, Lesotho  Lesotho 1–1 1–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "M'Changama makes fairytale breakthrough". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 30 December 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Nîmes v. Le Mans Match Report" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 1 October 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Istres v. Nîmes Match Report" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Nîmes v. Évian Match Report" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 19 October 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Nîmes v. Troyes Match Report" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 11 November 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "La belle histoire M'Changama" (in French). Foot-National. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "L'étonnante trajectoire de Mohamed M'Changama" (in French). FootMercato. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "M'Changama, Mohammed". National Football Teams. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 

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