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Mbemba with Anderlecht in 2014
Personal information
Full name Chancel Mangulu Mbemba
Date of birth 8 August 1994 (1994-08-08) (age 27)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Porto
Number 19
Youth career
2006–2007 E.S. La Grace
2007–2008 Mputu
2008–2012 FC MK Etanchéité
2012–2013 Anderlecht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Anderlecht 63 (6)
2015–2018 Newcastle United 54 (1)
2018– Porto 55 (3)
2018–2019 Porto B 2 (0)
National team
2012– DR Congo 56 (4)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:43, 7 February 2021 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:24, 17 November 2020 (UTC)

Chancel Mangulu Mbemba (born 8 August 1994) is a Congolese international footballer who plays as a defender for Portuguese club Porto and the DR Congo national team.

In his professional career he represented Anderlecht of Belgium, Newcastle United in England and Porto from Portugal. A full international for the DR Congo national team since 2012, he earned over 50 caps and represented the country at four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, coming third in 2015.

Early life

Mbemba grew up in Kinshasa in a family of nine children. His mother, Antoinette, is a former basketball player who represented DR Congo.

A 2013 report by CNN found that documents support four different dates of birth for Mbemba from 1988 to 1994, with the player saying himself that he was born in 1990; an anonymous member of the Congolese Association Football Federation said that his date of birth was changed to 1991 so that he would be eligible for the 2012 Olympics where players must be under 23. Upon signing for Newcastle, he said that he was born in 1994 and that there was forensic proof.

Club career

Anderlecht

After playing youth football for several clubs including E.S. La Grace and FC MK Etanchéité in Kinshasa, Mbemba joined Belgian club Anderlecht in 2012.

Mbemba mainly played with Anderlecht reserve and youth teams. At this point Mbemba requested to have a bone scan to dispel rumours that he was older than he actually was. Mbemba eventually made his senior debut on 28 July 2013 in their opening match of the 2013–14 Belgian Pro League season, a 2–3 defeat to Lokeren.

He made a further 28 appearances during the 2014–15 season as they finished in third spot in the league. They also finished runners-up in the 2014–15 Belgian Cup, losing 1–2 to Club Brugge in the final.

Newcastle United

On 26 July 2015, Premier League side Newcastle United announced the signing of Mbemba. Four days later, he signed a five-year contract with the club. He made his debut on 9 August on the first day of the Premier League season, starting in a 2–2 home draw with Southampton.

He scored his only goal for the club on 7 May 2017 against Barnsley in a 3–0 home win, on the same day that Newcastle clinched the EFL Championship title a year after relegation.

Porto

On 23 July 2018, Primeira Liga side Porto signed Mbemba for a reported £7.14 million fee. He made his debut on 31 October in a 4–2 home win over Varzim S.C. in the group stage of the Taça da Liga, with manager Sérgio Conceição sending out a completely different team to the previous league game. Four days later he made his Primeira Liga bow as an 80th-minute substitute for striker Yacine Brahimi in a 2–0 victory at C.S. Marítimo; he played only two more league games that season, one of which was a start in a 3–1 win over C.D. Nacional at the Estádio do Dragão on 7 January 2019. He also played two matches for the reserve team in LigaPro.

Mbemba scored his first goal for the Dragons on 24 November 2019, opening a 4–0 home win over Vitória F.C. that qualified his team to the last 16 of the Taça de Portugal. The following 7 March, he was on the scoreboard for the first time in the league, in a 1–1 draw with Rio Ave F.C. at the same venue; his team ended the season as champions. On 1 August 2020, Mbemba scored both goals of a 2–1 win over Benfica in the Taça de Portugal Final.

International career

Mbemba made his debut for the DR Congo on 17 June 2012, in a 3–0 home win over the Seychelles at the Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa, in 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification. He was an unused member of Claude Le Roy's squad for the finals. He was part of the squad that came third at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, and scored a penalty in the shootout win over the hosts for the bronze medal.

On 13 October 2015, Mbemba scored his first international goal, a late long-distance winner in a 2–1 friendly against Gabon in Visé, Belgium. He also went to the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017 and 2019; in the latter in Egypt he scored a late header in a 2–2 draw with Madagascar in the last 16, though his team lost in a shootout.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Anderlecht 2013–14 Belgian Pro League 35 5 0 0 5 1 0 0 40 6
2014–15 Belgian Pro League 28 1 2 0 6 2 1 0 37 3
Total 63 6 2 0 0 0 11 3 1 0 77 9
Newcastle United 2015–16 Premier League 33 0 1 0 1 0 35 0
2016–17 Championship 12 1 0 0 1 0 13 1
2017–18 Premier League 9 0 1 0 1 0 11 0
Total 54 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 59 1
Porto 2018–19 Primeira Liga 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2019–20 Primeira Liga 26 2 6 4 5 0 5 0 42 6
2020–21 Primeira Liga 17 1 3 0 1 0 6 0 1 0 28 1
Total 46 3 11 4 7 0 11 0 1 0 76 7
Career total 155 9 14 2 10 0 22 3 2 0 203 14

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
DR Congo 2012 2 0
2013 2 0
2014 4 0
2015 14 1
2016 7 0
2017 11 2
2018 4 0
2019 10 1
2020 2 0
Total 56 4
Scores and results list DR Congo's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Mbemba goal.
List of international goals scored by Chancel Mbemba
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 October 2015 Stade de la Cité de l'Oie, Visé, Belgium  Gabon 2–1 2–1 Friendly
2 10 June 2017 Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, DR Congo  Congo 3–1 1–1 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
3 5 September 2017  Tunisia 1–0 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 7 July 2019 Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt  Madagascar 2–2 2–2
(2–4 pen.)
2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Honours

Club

Anderlecht

Newcastle United

FC Porto

International

DR Congo

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