Thus is the start of a new series we’ll be running as we profile some of Newcastle’s exciting young stars, who are working their way up at the club.
Kazenga Lua Lua – 17 years old and looks good already
Kazenga Lua Lua is the brother of former Newcastle forward Lomano Lua Lua, and he joined Newcastle United in 2005 at the age of 15. Lomano recently validated that Kazenga was in fact his brother and not his cousin, as had been previously thought.
Kazenga was born in December, 1990 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo and he moved to England shortly after his birth.
Kazenga has progressed extremely well in Newcastle’s Youth Academy which he joined in 2005, when he was just 15 years old. He is now playing regularly for the Reserve side and has appeared four times for Newcastle’s first team this season, all as a substitute.
Kazenga in training earlier in the season
Kazenga made his debut for Newcastle in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, coming on in the 74th minute of a 3rd round FA Cup game against Stoke City as a substitute for Damien Duff.
Kazenga has had much success with the Newcastle Youth team, and he was part of the side that reached the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup in the 2005-06 season.
His brother Lomana LuaLua, who was a former Newcastle player and currently plays for Olympiacos in Greece, has recently voiced his willingness to join up with his brother at Newcastle, but we don’t think manager Keegan will take the bait.
Kazenga has lots of skill, much like his brother, but he is also very direct and can take players on, as he showed during his first team appearances. He stands 5’11â€ tall and when he’s appeared in the first team he hasn’t looked out of place one little bit.
Kazenga made his Premiership League debut on January 19, 2008, when he again came on as a substitute for Damien Duff at St. James’ Park. The match was against Bolton Wanderers, which was the first home game of Kevin Keegan’s new reign at the Tyne-side club.
The club has great hopes for Kazenga and it would be great if he, and a couple more of our teenagers, can make the step up next season and be challenging for a first team position.
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