Richard Mapuata N'Kiambi

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Richard Mapuata
Personal information
Full name Richard Mapuata N'Kiambi Esola
Date of birth (1965-02-27) 27 February 1965 (age 52)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1985 CS Imana
1985–1986 Standard Liège
1986–1988 Belenenses 51 (21)
1988–1990 Bellinzona
1990–1991 Aarau
National team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Richard Mapuata N'Kiambi Esola (born 27 February 1965) is a retired Zaire international footballer, who played as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Born in Kinshasa, Mapuata began his career with Cercle Sportif Imana. He moved to play in the Belgian Pro League at the age of 20, signing with Standard Liège.[1] One year later, he would join Portuguese Liga side C.F. Os Belenenses for two seasons. While with Belenenses, Mapuata scored the goal in a famous UEFA Cup victory against FC Barcelona.[2]

He finished his playing career in the Swiss first division, playing for AC Bellinzona and FC Aarau.

International career[edit]

Mapuata played for Zaire at the 1988[3] Africa Cup of Nations finals.


His three sons, Cédric,[4] Fabrice and Matondo, are footballers.


  1. ^ Vande Weyer, Philippe (7 February 1989). "La fausse inconstance" (in French). 
  2. ^ Rui Tovar (5 November 2010). "Na última vez que esteve em Portugal Schuster perdeu o jogo e a cabeça" (in Portuguese). informação online. 
  3. ^ Courtney, Barrie & Cazal, Jean-Michel (2 February 2005). "International Matches 1988 - Africa". RSSSF. 
  4. ^ "L’attaquant congolais Cédric Makiadi signe à Fribourg" (PDF) (in French). Les Dépêches de Brazzaville. 4 June 2009. 

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