Kazenga LuaLua in International Tug Of War


It turns out that 17 year-old Kazenga LuaLua, who is one of Newcastle’s top young prospects, is in an international tug of war.

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Kazenga Lua Lua – Democratric Republic of Congo or England?

Top Newcastle United prospect Kazenga LuaLua is the subject of an international tug-of-war. between the Democratic Republic of Congo and England.

The Evening Chronicle is reporting the Democratic Republic of Congo want Newcastle midfielder LuaLua to play for them – and follow in the footsteps of his brother Lomana LuaLua.

But the young midfielder is also qualified to play for England, and has yet to make up his mind about his international future.

This is similar to Andy Carroll, who was qualified to play for both Scotland and England, but made the right choice with England. 😀

We expect Kazenga to also choose England, and he could soon be playing in one of their youth teams.

What do you think?

Comments very welcome.



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39 comments so far

  • Spyro

    May 16, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #1

    play for Congo, more chance of first team football

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 16, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #2

    That’s true.

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  • cooldj

    May 16, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #3

    play for england up to u21 level and then decide just how good he is before committing.

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  • Mr T

    May 16, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #4

    If I was him, I’d play for congo.

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  • Graeme

    May 16, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #5

    As cooldj says; its also much better for the club as well if he’s not traipsing halfway round the globe for every match with Congo!!!!!

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  • tdt

    May 16, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #6

    ed, i’d say carroll made the wrong choice, playing for scotland would have been a good move for andy, probably more chance of playing, saying that both england and scotland are very similar in the rankings these days, no much to choose between them really 🙂

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  • Leo

    May 16, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #7

    ENGLAND

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  • tdt

    May 16, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #8

    SCOTLAND, and the congo… lol

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  • Leo

    May 16, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #9

    ENGLAND but i am bias he is still young and doesnt have to commit to anywhere yet i guess, play for the england under 19s if you can then see how you feel

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  • Jim

    May 16, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #10

    I’m afraid I can’t agree with you over Andy Carroll. There’s no better definition of team spirit and determination that that shown by Scotland.

    If the English football team could show that, I think they would have achieved a lot more.

    C’mon Scotland and well said ‘tdt’!

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  • ToonRich

    May 16, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #11

    I hope he makes the right choice for himself, as there are many pro’s and cons choosing England. The club could obviously benefit if he selects Eng, as already mentioned the travelling involved for Congo could hamper us!
    I agree with tdt, Ed how can you say Andy made the right choice? I think he’d have developed better playing regularly with Scotland…:)

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  • tdt

    May 16, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #12

    thanks Jim, and ToonRich 🙂 thats right, scotland play as a team, england play like a bunch of spoilt brats how all want to be the hero. hopfully from englands point of view the new man will change things around where no2 else could, who knows, maybe he will?

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  • Leo

    May 16, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #13

    shaatapp toonrich ya jock lol. only kidding mate i didnt mind too much about carroll only hope that eventually makes it big for newcastle

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  • Whumpie

    May 16, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Come on guys – what are you? You play for the country that you feel you belong to, not the one that offers the best perks or best serves your career!

    Ryan Giggs did the right thing there, and will always be admired for it. Kaz should do the same.

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  • Hamas (51times)

    May 16, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #15

    He was born in Gateshead though. If you’re born in England, you play for England in my book. That being said, I could not care less about the England national team.

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  • tdt

    May 16, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #16

    ye you should play for who it feels right to play for. some1 go ask carroll in kazenga who it feels appropriate to play 4, then al tell you who they should play 4 🙂

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  • faustino

    May 16, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Whumpie – how’s this for genius… the only reason Giggs chose Wales at 21 is becuase Graham ‘The Turnip’ Taylor told him he would never be good enough to play for England and he should play for Wales. Giggs made a hatful of appearances for England at U21 level by his own choice.

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  • Davies

    May 16, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #18

    Got to be Congo for the boy.

    Up to him though. I suppose if he’s going to be playing for us long term, which I hope he is, it would be less disruptive to play for England.

    I still say he should play for Congo though.

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  • Sal

    May 16, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #19

    Surely the decision should be based on what nationality he classes himself????

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  • Hammy

    May 16, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #20

    Congo, why let the England set up ruin him, at least he might retain some flair and natural ability.

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 16, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Play for Congo, they will be better than England soon 🙂

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 16, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #22

    Jim – Scotland were great in trying to qualify for Euro-2008 – amazing displays – especially when they played against Italy.

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  • THELONGSHANKS

    May 16, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Ameobi picked england over nigeria big mistake.
    Lua lua should pick congo.

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  • ToonRich

    May 16, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #24

    “Ed Harrison // May 16, 2008 at 13:09

    Jim – Scotland were great in trying to qualify for Euro-2008 – amazing displays – especially when they played against Italy.”

    You forgot to mention the games against France! 🙂 Yeah, against the Italians we were AMAZINGLY CHEATED out of the result!

    Country wars aside, I think he’ll follow his big bros footsteps and make a name for himself with Congo.
    I agree with the comments about players playing for the country they were born in. But on the other hand, if the families has heritage in another nation then perhaps the player feels more at home in the 2nd nation – if im making sense! Gutted Andy C didnt pick the tartan army! lol.
    Right back @cha Leo 😉 hehe

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  • Eric

    May 16, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Has either the England set up or the Congo enquired about Kazenga playing for their junior teams? England obviously haven’t because that is how they operate. The Congo may not have an international junior XI. As long as he gets into our team and stays I don’t care really. It is NUFC that will bring him along not England or the Congo.

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  • emantoon

    May 16, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #26

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  • Leo

    May 16, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #27

    the funny thing toonrich is im part scottish

    although everyone these days is

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  • Dirk

    May 16, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #28

    Jus to clarify this with giggs, he couldnt have played for england, he was born in wales to welsh parents and both sets of grandparents are welsh aswell, he didn join wales by choice and the only time he played for england were in the england school boys. he didn play for england under 21s and he couldnt have.

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  • HeronMag

    May 16, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Think I’ve got to go with Sal. If Kaz classes himself as Enlgish then he should pick England. If he feels a loyalty to the DRC then the Congo.

    It’s up to him.

    As for Carroll – he’s English, he’s a Geordie. If he did choose Scotland he would regret it the rest of his career coz if he makes the grade for the toon then an England call up would soon beckon.

    Let’s face it. What self respecting Englishman would rather wear a Scotland shirt?

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  • Whumpie

    May 16, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Ok, bad example on the Giggs thing. But I still say it’s nowt to do with appearances or how likely you are to get silverware. At national level it’s all about national pride – play for anything else and you’ll be useless anyway.

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  • ToonRich

    May 16, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #31

    I hear ya on that one Leo, Scotland do seem to dig into players family roots these days to try an unearth some evidence of them being eligble to play for us – Scotland that is!!

    Heronmag, I dont know what kind of Scottish connection Carroll has, but if he ‘had’ chosen Scotland perhaps thats where his family pride lays? He chose Eng anyway hasnt he…enough said! Just hope he cuts it at the top for the toon 🙂

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  • HeronMag

    May 16, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #32

    Point taken ToonRich. If he felt Scottish at heart he would have chosen Scotland.

    If he does well for the toon he’ll keep us all happy both sides of the border!

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  • Bill F

    May 16, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #33

    He was born and raised in England so really its a no brainer as far as I can see. Mind you if he has an Irish second cousin I suppose they will be having a look as well.

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  • Powellnufc

    May 16, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #34

    he should choose England, if he goes congo we will miss him for african nations cup

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  • Ian

    May 16, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #35

    I dont care as long as he has a permanent position in our first team, very promising player who doesnt want to be allowed to settle at reserve level.

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  • chuck

    May 16, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #36

    Kids family is from DRC, so thats who he is,regardless where he was born(accident of geography)
    Only thing is,it might be tougher to get a place on the DRC team than the Engerland team.

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  • Leo

    May 16, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #37

    yeah but most of the close family grew up in england bar his elders, i know one of his cousins and he sees himself as english

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  • african-kenyan-ronniezog

    May 16, 2008 at 10:16 PM

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 17, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #39

    Anyone but england!..
    …Geordieland f.c. possibly?..

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