N'Dinga Mbote

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N´Dinga Mbote
Personal information
Full name N´Dinga Mbote Amily
Date of birth (1966-09-11) 11 September 1966 (age 50)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1986 Vita Club
1986–1996 Vitória Guimarães 285 (16)
1998–2001 Vita Club
National team
1988–1998 Zaire
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

N´Dinga Mbote Amily (born 11 September 1966) is a Congolese retired footballer who played as a central midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Kinshasa, Zaire, Mbote arrived at Vitória S.C. in Portugal at the age of only 20, signing from AS Vita Club. He played with the Minho side for one full decade, always competing in the Primeira Liga and sharing teams with countryman Basaula Lemba during five seasons.

N'Dinga (as he was known in Portugal), helped Vitória to five UEFA Cup qualifications, his best season being 1990–91 when he played in all 38 games – the league was then composed of 20 teams – and scored two goals, for a final ninth place.

Mbote was the centerpiece of a scandal in Portuguese football that involved his team and Académica de Coimbra: after the 1987–88 campaign, Académica was relegated following an unsuccessful protest regarding an irregular use of the player. Following a lengthy judicial battle, the two clubs ceased their relations for decades.[1]

International career[edit]

Mbote played for the Zaire national team during one decade, his debut coming in 1988. He appeared in three matches at the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations.[2]


  1. ^ "Ainda o caso N'dinga..." [Still the N'dinga Affair...] (in Portuguese). Vitória SC – As verdades. 16 June 2007. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Courtney, Barrie (15 August 2005). "African Nations Cup 1994 – Final Tournament Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 August 2009. 

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