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FIFA Launch Official Investigation Into Chancel Mbemba’s Age

10:40 pm, Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 39 Comments

Chancel Mbemba is now in Newcastle, and will take his medical tomorrow, and could be introduced as a Newcastle player before tomorrow is out, but that issue on his age will not go away.

He has given at least three different ages in his career, and in the records on the internet he is generally listed as 20 years-old and born on August 8th, 1994 – but he looks older than that.

Chancel Mbemba-1

Chancel Mbemba – he’s ?? years old

Here’s the saga of the questions about his age:

He played for E.S. La Grace from 2006-2007 and he was registered with the Congolese club in 2006. The player’s registration from the time showed that he was born on 8th August 1988..

But when he signed on at Anderlecht three years ago he registered with a different date of birth of 8th August 1994 – he had become six years younger in effect.

That was the same date of birth that he was registered with FIFA for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

But he registered with a date of birth of 30th November 1991 for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign.

But news coming through that FIFA have launched another investigation, in a bid to establish Chancel Mbemba’s real age.

FIFA have said this to CNN:

“We are currently analyzing all the documents at our disposal and investigations against the relevant entities are on-going.¨ “In view of this, we cannot comment any further.”

We don’t know how this will affect his transfer to Newcastle, but we need to have an official age of the player, but maybe that will come after Newcastle sign him?

That’s unlikely, so we hope the FIFA investigation is carried out quickly.

He could be anywhere from 20 to 26, and potentially turns either 21 or 27 next month – and this is not the first time the age issue has come up with Mbemba.

But it needs to be the last.

Comments welcome.



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39 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 WWSBRD // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Ashley out!

  • 3 jane // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    does his age matter?

  • 4 swemag // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Ashley Jailbreak!

  • 5 jane // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    is Ashley out continuing next season?

  • 6 Belfast // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    You’ll end up in strangeways with that attitude Jane.

  • 7 jane // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    that’s stumped them 🙂

  • 8 John Tudor // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    my nane is jefffff

  • 9 Tsunki // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 10 voodoo85 // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    This is from the Expree:

    “However, the examination is not likely to include an MRI bone scan to ascertain the player’s age, like he needed before signing for the Belgian club after a Fifa investigation uncovered Mbemba had been registered as having four separate birth dates.”

    That suggests to me that Mbemba had an MRI bone scan when he joined Anderlecht

    And Mbemba is also quoted in the same article stating “I’ve passed scientific tests to determine my exact age. In Africa, when people do not have money, they are ready to invent anything to make money.”

    If these tests were carried out by Anderlecht, then Newcastle can either take their word for it or do their own tests. Not like his age cannot be proved

  • 11 bettyswallocks // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Toonprodigy…..”.. I just think the way Mitrovic strikes the ball, holds it up, heads it , controls it all looks so instinctive and natural. Austin has done well to score 18 in a crap team but this Mitrovic oozes class and confidence.

    Wouldn’t mind if we signed Austin as well though. Ashley is also known for his greed , so you never know.

  • 12 AshSays // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    That statement from Fifa was made 2 years ago. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/01/sport/football/age-african-football-mbemba/
    FIFA must have been satisfied with the evidence presented and they are not naive!!

  • 13 Tsunki // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Yeah shame if nufc was an ageist institution all of a sudden. It wasnt back in the day when we signed Geremi. Seems things have changed for the worse.

  • 14 John Tudor // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    jib wid da smilies

  • 15 Tsunki // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Could just ask him a few trick questions like whats his favourite Roman numeral or what does he think of asbestos?

  • 16 bettyswallocks // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Jane……….. How old are you if you don’t mind me asking?

  • 17 Graeme // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Ed, you have been scammed. This was sorted out 2 years ago and it was a spoof that raised it again.

  • 18 jane // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    John Tudor it suits your negativity for me to be jeff/jib doesn’t it!! never seen a positive post by you.

  • 19 jane // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    quite young but mature for my age.

  • 20 Tsunki // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    JT you are a bit of a doom cloud buddy lets see a smile 🙂

  • 21 jane // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    high IQ I mean

  • 22 jane // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    if I’m Jeff/Jib he is a good actor

  • 23 welshgeordie9 // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Well said Jane, unfortunately there are a few meldrews on here.

  • 24 Belfast // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Did you watch fun house?

    Did you own sondico Gazza shinguards?

    Do you remember when Italian football was cool on channel four?

    Did you ever own a shellsuit or bomber jacket?

  • 25 bettyswallocks // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Me Tarzan. Looking for young girl who’s mature for her age.

  • 26 PompeyJohn // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    How come they can tell the age of a Pre-historic Dinosaur, a Wooly Mammoth or an Iceburg but can’t tell his age?

  • 27 welshgeordie9 // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Belfast

    Yes to those four questions.

  • 28 Belfast // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Oh and the big one!

    Did you own a sega mega drive?

  • 29 PompeyJohn // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Apparently his name is an anagram of ” Ancient Chancer”
    Well if you add a couple of letters!
    Did I say what a great pint of ale “Hop Head” is? Or should I say “Hop Heed” marras?

  • 30 welshgeordie9 // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Had a Sega Master System before that commodore vic 20.

  • 31 lochinvar // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    Age discrimination is illegal.
    FIFA need to check Blatters age – just to make sure he’s entitled to his pension.

  • 32 welshgeordie9 // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    Time my game loaded up dinner was ready.

    Ha ha ha

  • 33 lochinvar // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    If Ashley gets his way all players will have packaging like Supermarket food – with a Sell by date on !

  • 34 la.jim // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    This maybe way out of line ,but wouldn’t just take a simple phone call to his parents or family members to see how old he is,or that to simple?

  • 35 PompeyJohn // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    Can’t they just cut him in half and count the rings – oh sorry that’s a tree! Mind you a tree is more mobile than Willo!

  • 36 Charlietoon // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    “Soon afterwards a Kinshasa court ruled that Mbemba was, in fact, born on August 8, 1994 and he was given the perfect present when he was handed a three-year deal with Anderlecht.”

    Ed you are quoting an article two years old FFS

  • 37 terencelim // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:25 AM

    Ashley Out!

  • 38 cg // Jul 24, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Obafemi Martins anyone? 🙂

  • 39 loonie-toon // Jul 24, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Imagine not nowing ur age pmsl crazy stuff if he younger wil get few more years outer him




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