Ndaye Mulamba

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Ndaye Mulamba
Personal information
Full name Pierre Ndaye Mulamba
Date of birth (1948-11-04) November 4, 1948 (age 68)
Place of birth Luluabourg, Belgian Congo
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1962–1964 Renaissance du Kasaï
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1971 Renaissance du Kasaï (–)
1971–1972 AS Bantous (–)
1972–1988 AS Vita Club (–)
National team
1967–1971 Congo-Kinshasa (–)
1973– Zaire (–)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Pierre Ndaye Mulamba (born 4 November 1948)[1] is a former association football midfielder from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire. He was nicknamed "Mutumbula" ("assassin") and "Volvo".[2][3]

Football career[edit]

Mulamba was born in Luluabourg (now Kananga). In 1973, he starred for AS Vita Club of Kinshasa, who won the African Cup of Champions Clubs.[3] He was a second-half substitute for the Zaire national team against Morocco in the decisive match in qualification for the 1974 World Cup and scored the opening goal as Zaire won 3-0.[4] In 1974 Mulamba played for Zaire in both the African Cup of Nations in Egypt[5] and the World Cup in West Germany. In Egypt he scored all nine goals, still a record,[6] as Zaire won the tournament. Mulamba was named Player of the Tournament and was awarded the National Order of the Leopard by President Mobutu Sese Seko.[3] In Germany he captained the team,[6] and played in the 2–0 defeat by Scotland,[7] but was sent off after 22 minutes against Yugoslavia.[7] Zaire were already losing 4–0 by then, and finally lost 9–0.[7] Mulamba said later that the team had underperformed, either in protest[2] or from loss of morale,[3] after not receiving a promised $45,000 match bonus.

Later life[edit]

In 1994, Mulamba was honoured at the African Cup of Nations in Tunisia.[3] On returning to Zaire, was shot in the leg by robbers who mistakenly assumed a former sports star would be a wealthy target. Some new information goes against the "robber" theory, check the biography in the external links. [2][3][6] He was sheltered by Emmanuel Paye-Paye for eight months' recuperation.[3] During the First Congo War, Mulamba's eldest son was killed and in 1996 he fled to South Africa as a refugee, alone and destitute.[2] He went to Johannesburg and then Cape Town, where he was taken in by a family in a township.[2] In 1998, a minute's silence was held at the African Cup of Nations in Burkina Faso after an erroneous report that Mulamba had died in a diamond mining accident in Angola.[3] By then Mulamba was unemployed and drinking heavily.[3]

By 2010 Mulamba was working as a coach of local amateur teams and had married a local woman.[2] Forgotten Gold, a documentary filmed in 2008–9, follows him in South Africa and on a visit back to Congo.[6][8] He also met with Danny Jordaan, head of the organising committee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[6]


  1. ^ "Player Statistics: Ndaye Mulamba". FIFA. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Harding, Andrew (5 June 2010). "Africa's abandoned football legend". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Maradas, Emmanuel (1998). "Interview with Ndaye Mulamba". African Soccer Magazine. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Leopards roar to Germany 1974". FIFA.com. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Maradas, Emmanuel (28 March 2006). "Qu’est devenu Ndaye Mulamba?" (in French). La Conscience. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "From Cape to Congo". World Cup News. FIFA. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c "Match report: Zaire – Scotland". 1974 FIFA World Cup Germany. FIFA. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "Forgotten Gold". Berlinale Talent Campus. Berlin Film Festival. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 

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