Kazenga LuLua did not please Kevin Keegan in the summer when he shattered his ankle while playing tennis, and only last night did he make his second comeback for the Reserves side against Everton.
But now LuaLua, who is the younger brother of our former striker Lomana, is just delighted to be back playing again.
Kazenga told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s was nice to get back out there. It’s a long time since I have played football.” “I was really happy with it. It’s great to be back, but it was also a bit disappointing to lose the game.”
“It’s been a long road for me. I was injured before that and then I was hurt again in my comeback game against Blue Star.”
“I was out for three and half months. I was very disappointed, but that’s football and I can only learn from it. I’m happy to be back now.”
The Reserves lost their first game in five against a much more experienced Everton side by a single goal.
Kazenga talked about the game:
“We pressured them after they had scored.” “I thought we did quite well overall.” “We had a few good chances, but maybe we were a bit unlucky.”
Newcastle have their first round of the FA Youth Cup third-round tie against Oldham at St James’ Park on December 6th, and that will be an important game after we were eliminated at the first hurdle at home last season against Shrewsbury Town on 17th December last year.
Shrewsbury scored the winner in the last minute of normal time in that game. Newcastle reached the semi-finals in the previous two seasons.
“Richard Money told me I was playing 45 minutes yesterday.” “At half-time he asked me how I felt and I said I needed another 15 minutes, so I played the hour in the end.”
“I feel good, maybe a little bit stiff. But for my first game it’s a really good start.”