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Controversial Mbemba Signs For Newcastle

Posted: Jul 30, 2015 at 9:27 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chancel Mbemba Mangulu, the player with “four birthdays,” signed for English Premier League club Newcastle United from Belgian club Anderlecht, on Thursday, July 30, 2015.

Newcastle announced the deal after the Democratic Republic of Congo international was granted a work permit. Mbemba had already agreed financial terms with the English club and undergone a medical evaluation, said a report on CNN.com.

The controversy over Mbemba’s birth date began when it was discovered that he registered at Anderlecht as being born on August 8, 1994, but he was registered by his two first Congolese clubs, E.S. La Grace and Mputu, as being born in 1988, according to documents obtained by CNN in 2013; and for the African Cup of Nations qualifier in June 2011, his year of birth was listed as November 30, 1991 and, moreover, Mbemba himself thinks he was born in 1990.

Newcastle United declined to provide an on-the-record comment on the issue of Mbemba’s age, while the English Football Association was not immediately available for comment.

“I’m very, very happy to be here,” Mbemba told the Newcastle website. “This is the biggest league in the world and I’m very proud to wear the shirt for this team and play in this league.”

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren added: “He is a proven performer at the highest level, he’s powerful, combative and will add quality to our defense. He also has an eye for goal, which is an extra asset for us.”