All about Geoffrey Mujangi – Wolves new star winger

I’ve been investigating into the past of Geoffrey Mujangi and have found some interesting things.

Mujangi was born in Kinshasa, Zaire – now the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1989. He came to Belgium already as a baby. He says himself that he learned to play football in the streets. But he played for a a club called Union St. Gilloise and lived in Zelic before being spotted by Anderlecht, the world known club from Brussels.

He played there in their Youth teams from seven to fifteen years of age. I’ve seen his name on a spread sheet from the clubs 12-year-old team in 2002. Another player in that team was Franck Moussa, also a midfielder with Congolese background, now playing for Southend United (been out on-loan to Wycombe Wanderers). And he played together with Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe who went to Hamburg recently and is rumoured to transfer to Celtic.

Geoff Mujangi seem to – like many other immigrants, and indeed non immigrants as well – have got into trouble with the law as a teenager. It was revealed that the young, very talented player had in fact committed several acts of delinquency, including theft of some GSM mobile phones and Anderlecht had as a policy not to accept this behavior from their Academy players and they had no choice but to exclude Mujangi from the club.

Geoff Mujangi himself commented on it a couple of years later:

Some young people commit this kind of nonsense and I unfortunately belonged to them. At the time it was hard for me to understand why I was excluded from the club. But with hindsight, I realized that the culprit was me. Anderlecht was right. The club sought to protect their youth and they would not change their policy to one player.

René Peeters – then Youth Coach of Anderlecht, now head coach an manager for their Reserves team – have later commented on Mujangi in Anderlecht:

“I have known Geoffrey. We formed an “elite” group to which he belonged. He was 16 years old – one of the youngest – but it was obvious that he had great footballing qualities. I’ve never had any problem with him. An intelligent boy, who studied Dutch, I think, (Editor’s note: since Mujangi Bia graduated as a technician commercial in Gosselies).

But there were some non-sporting events. He was young, probably influenced. And he did something stupid. Apparently, serious enough that the club decided not to keep him. It’s a shame. This is not for me to go into detail. If someone has to speak one day it will be him.

He had the capacity to drill home. Indeed he has proved that in Charleroi. I am delighted for him, especially since I really appreciated it. I would lie if I say that Sporting don’t have regrets in finding a young person who comes home to score against us (He had just done that. My comment).

Even if his case is not comparable to that of Vadis, who was at the door of the first team, but had no patience. The example of Geoffrey also requires us to challenge ourselves. Boys like him with similar worries during adolescence, we still have in hour club. Maybe we should have managed it otherwise.

But do not expect too much too fast of him. That said, if Geoffrey did not choose the easiest way, he deserves what he gets. He has matured in Charleroi.

Geoff Mujangi landed after a few months without a club in Charleroi. After playing his first year in the Reserves Team of Charleroi, he did his first team debut and signed a professional contract until 2010 – later to be extended for two more years.

He did only a few appearances in his first season with his new club, and it was not until the 2007-8 season he would settle into the first team gradually. He played 17 league games and scored three goals. Last season he started with the first team and became a success – especially in the second half of the season. And teams like Manchester United, Arsenal, Ajax and PSV Eindhoven was interested in signing him last summer (Arsenal signed Nasri instead).

Thierry Siquet, his trainer in Charleroi says:

From his first training here two seasons ago (now three, my remark), you could not miss his talent. But we first had to tackle to catch up his fitness levels due to inactivity, something that has not always been easy for him to understand given his love for the ball.”

“But since then, and despite a few glitches groin, etc., he has continued to grow. He has a technical background well above average.

In action, the opponent never knows whether to go left, right, front or behind. And it must be hard to detect that he is right handed. Today, through hard work, his game has developed.

Whatever his past, we have not had any problems with him. His only enemy is himself. But It is still at an early stage of his career and he should have the capacity to develop further.

Now a little about his play from various sources on the net. It is translated by machine (Google) and has been fixed a little by me. Hope you’ll understand it.

Bia Mujangi measuring 176 cm in height and 71 kg, is an extremely agile and skillful footballer who uses both feet equally well, and especially as a winger playing on both sides, although he can also function as a play-maker. He’s a spectacular player in the game, the kind who’s able to raise the public off their seats with his frequent runs down the sideline.

The speed is his strong point, with and without the ball he is very fast, has good power while driving the ball and he is a very gifted player technically, and likes to face rivals.

Thanks to his virtue to play with both feet equally well, he has an advantage when dealing when it comes to the rival goal, because the defenses never know where it is able to get out. Very destabilizing, near the area, has a strong shot on goal, no matter the distance, and he tries the area quite often.

He is able to race 50 meters (45 yards) at full speed. it stands clear that everything is not flattering, because there is still much room for improvement in his play, maybe especially the little involvement in defense, and sometimes too individualistic sins in running the ball. He likes to play on the field wide open to take advantage of his speed, especially in the corridors, where once that starts in speed, he is very difficult to stop. But he sometimes makes mistakes. Good ball control and great vision on all game, once he becomes more experienced, he can become one of the best footballers in European football. He is an unpolished diamond.

I hope you know Wolves new signing better after reading this. I think I do. And it will be very interesting to see him on the pitch tomorrow. Mick McCarthy seem to be very excited with the signing, according to the Official Wolves Site:

He’s one to go straight in. He’ll be involved tomorrow if we can get his clearance. It’s unlikely he’ll start because he’s just come in but he’ll be involved, as he will in the Premier League.

He’s quick, technically very good and can play left or right side and down the middle, maybe dropping off a front man. He’s a good footballer, and in training I’ve been really pleased with him. Geoffrey will give us a real attacking option on either side.

And Big Chris Iwelumo and the boys likes what they have seen of Geoffrey so far:

Geoffrey has trained with us during the week and the boys have been impressed with him. He’s a very good footballer and has got a little bit of magic as well.

He’s good with both feet and isn’t afraid to have a shot. The gaffer has added a wee bit of quality there and hopefully he’ll step up to the plate and give us that other option.

I would like to say good luck to Geoffrey Mujangi tomorrow against Crystal Palace.



~ by paddytheflea on January 22, 2010.

One Response to “All about Geoffrey Mujangi – Wolves new star winger”

  1. […] goals and he will start, according to McCarthy himself. Wolves new winger Mujangi (more about him HERE) will not start, says Mick, but he will come in later.  Let’s have another […]

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