Newcastle Focus on Youth: Kazenga Lua Lua


Kazenga Lua Lua is one of Newcastle’s exciting up and coming youngsters currently playing in the Newcastle Reserve team.
Even though he is just 16 years old Kazenga has played in the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup these last two seasons.

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Kazenga Lua Lua

In this series we will focus on some of our youth players – and of course hope they will come through the ranks and eventually be starters for Newcastle. Our first Focus on Youth featured Andy Carroll.

Kazenga LuaLua was born on 10 December 1990 in Kinshasa (pop. 6.5 million) which is the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. His cousin Lomana Lua Lua used to play for Newcastle United of course (bought from Colchester United by Bobby Robson) – and currently plays for Portsmouth. Kazenga Lua Lua moved to England shortly after his birth.

He has since progressed in Newcastle United’s youth academy, and currently plays for the reserve team. 16 year old Kazenga was called up to the senior squad for the first time with Newcastle – for the disastrous 3rd round FA Cup game against Birmingham City on 6 January 2007 – which we eventually lost 5-1.

At just 16 years and 27 days old, Kazenga would have been the youngest player ever to appear for Newcastle United had he made it onto the pitch – but he didn’t – and the record continues to be held by Steve Watson. He was part of the Newcastle United youth team that reached the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup in the 2005-06 season and also in the 2006-2007 season. He has abundant skill on the ball – much like his cousin. (There is some debate as to whether Lomana is in fact his brother).

The 2005-2006 Newcastle Youth team was captained by Paul Huntington, who appeared 16 times last season for Newcastle’s first team.
We expect Lua Lua to start coming through in the next couple of years but before that he can hopefully be in the team that can win the FA Youth Cup for Newcastle.

The last time we won the Youth Cup was when Paul Gascoine led Newcastle to a win against Watford in 1985. Liverpool have won it for the last two years.

Facts:

Name: Kazenga LuaLua
Date of Birth: 10/12/1990
Height: 5′ 11″ (180cm)
Weight:12st 0lbs (76.27kg)
Position: Midfielder



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6 comments so far

  • Dave

    Jun 19, 2007 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #1

    I’ve seen him play for both the under-18’s and the reserves and he has excellent movement, dribbling, passing and vision in him. He was easily a class above all his under-18 teammates. He is a star in the making and I’m looking forward to him playing in the first team.

    In addition, here is a video of one of his goals:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8nQsrU8S3o

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  • joe

    Jun 19, 2007 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s also the laziest player in the academy/reserve team. His attitiude at times has reported to be rubbish. There are several who have more chance to progress from that team than him. Jonny Godsmark is the quickest thing on 2 legs and has an input in every game, Ryan Donaldson at 15 is a huge prospect and Captain Rob Cavener is a Scott Parker type player. Rumour is that Frank Wiafe Danquah is a different class also.

    Watching that team though, the stand out player is Carroll, followed by a few others and Lua Lua has looked average.

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  • Pete

    Jun 19, 2007 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s been likened to Gazza

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  • joe

    Jun 19, 2007 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Gazza used to run himself into the ground.

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  • Cathal

    Jun 19, 2007 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #5

    he has good attacking qualities, one for the future.
    news has it that sanli tuncay who is about to sign for middlesboro has agreed a contract worth 8.8m over four years, which is €44,000 a week! thank god the toon didnt sign him in the end, he mite hav been another big overpaid flop lik luque!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 19, 2007 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Cathal – that a ridiculous wage – ridiculous!

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