Kazenga Pleased To Get Through Comeback Game

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.

Kazenga LuaLua – great to be back

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.

LuaLua added:

“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.”

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • With the right training and attitude,he’ll be a top player one day.
    He has all the attributes to do so.

  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 19, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #2

    To be honest, most of the youngsters we have are kinda over-rated which is why you don’t see them breaking into the first-team. They need to go out on loan and get some playing time, improve and proof themselves worthy.

    Andrew Carroll, so much hype but end up doing nothing at PNE.

  • Monster

    Nov 19, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #3

    I think it was probably the hype that knacked Andy Carroll. He did look promising but developed a shocking attitude.

  • Karltoon

    Nov 19, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #4

    I’ve never rated him.. AC that is not Kazenga..

  • Davies

    Nov 19, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Lualua looked good when he got his chance in the first team. Maybe he should get a chance when he’s all patched up proper.

  • rooks

    Nov 19, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #6

    he’s got a wicked backhand, just needs to work on his serves

  • Whumpie

    Nov 19, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #7

    I saw Kazenga close up when they played at Workington a couple of years ago, and he was the stand-out player in the side. Funnily enough, Andy Carroll was the opposite – looked like a stick insect having a fit.

    Still, I have to disagree with the negative statement from Toon_Ksk, especially if you take the U18 squad into account. I think we’re bringing some cracking talent through – we just have to remember that you only look for one real star in any reserves squad – the rest are usually destined for Championship at best, and most end up running chip shops.

    Right now, a lot of clubs in the UK would swap for what we have in our reserves and youth sides. It’s one thing Ashley’s done right.

  • african-kenyan-ronniezog

    Nov 19, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #8

    i like him.want him to make around 10 appearances this term.

  • Mick G

    Nov 19, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Rooks, very funny mate


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