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Christopher Veijeany Samba (born 28 March 1984 in Créteil, Val-de-Marnemarker) is a Congomarker football player who currently plays for Blackburn Roversmarker in English Premier League.

Club career

Sedan

Samba started his career with FC Rouen before spells at CS Sedan (he played 26 games for the reserve and four games for the first team).

Hertha BSC

Samba only made 20 appearances during his time in Germany and desired a move elsewhere. Struggling to break into the Hertha BSC first team he was invited by Mark Hughes to undertake a five-day trial at Blackburn Roversmarker.

Blackburn Rovers

Samba completed a transfer from Hertha BSC to Blackburn Roversmarker signing a three and a half year deal for £400,000 on January 25, 2007. He made his Rovers debut against Luton Town in the FA Cup 4th Round, as a 69th minute sub for Ryan Nelsen and his Premiership debut on January 31 against Chelsea. His first start for the club came in the home encounter against Sheffield United on February 3, 2007, a game Rovers won 2–1 with an injury time free kick from Morten Gamst Pedersen. Although he already played for Hertha BSC in the UEFA Cup, Samba was eligible to play for Blackburn in European competitions. Samba scored his first goal at Ewood Park against West Ham on March 17, 2007.

Following Samba's performances in his debut season, he established himself as a starter in the 2007–08 campaign. On 22 October 2007, Blackburn announced Samba had signed a new long-term contract keeping him at the club until the summer of 2012.

Although being a defender, he has made several appearances as a striker in the latter stages of the 2008–09 season, due to injuries to first team attackers and his potent figure, this earned Samba the prestigious title of "emergency striker". On 4 April, with Blackburn losing 0–1 against Tottenham, Samba started the second half up front. Blackburn went on to win 2-1, with manager Sam Allardyce claiming Samba's impact as "key to victory". On 11 April 2009, during the next league match against Liverpool, Samba began the match as a lone striker with Benni McCarthy being left on the bench. He continued to play as a striker in the next match against Wigan in a 2–0 win for Blackburnmarker and after the match, he was hailed by Samba's strike partner Benni McCarthy for his performance and how well he has adapted to his new role. He scored his first goal of the 2009/2010 season against Aston Villa on 26 September 2009.

International career

Despite having been born in France, Samba represents Congo at international level.

Club career statistics

(correct as of 11 April 2009)


Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Blackburn Roversmarker 2006–07 14 2 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 19 2 2
2007–08 33 2 0 4 0 0 3 1 0 40 3 0
2008–09 35 2 4 6 1 0 0 0 0 39 3 4
Career totals 99 8 6


References

  1. Includes FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield


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