34, 32, 31 or 27? Mbemba’s answer on his true age

The age of Chancel Mbemba, new recruit from Olympique de Marseille, has been the subject of many questions since his arrival in Europe. The Congolese central defender spoke on the subject this Tuesday during his presentation press conference.

Chancel Mbemba arrived in Marseille accompanied by many questions about his age. The brand new OM central defender, who arrived free after four years at FC Porto, is officially 27 years old. But the story is a little more complicated and several other ages are lent to him: 31, 32 or even 34 years old.

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“There are a lot of people talking. It’s been eleven years…I’m doing my job, I don’t know who’s going to know my age like me, like my mother, like my father. People are talking, well done,” said politely swept the Congolese international (64 caps) in front of the media.

Several different dates of birth

In 2013, Fifa had confirmed with the CNN channel that it had opened an investigation to clarify gray areas on the identity of the one who was then playing in Belgium, on the side of Anderlecht. At that time, its leaders assure that it was born in 1994. Except that its first licenses, signed in the clubs of La Grâce and AS Mputu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, indicate that it is born… in August 1988.

Later, during a qualifying match for the African Cup of Nations in June 2011, his Federation this time assured that he was born on November 30, 1991. To complicate the situation a little more, certain interviews with Mbemba reappear in which he says he is from… 1990. Fifa will finally close its investigation, after a court in Kinshasa validated his date of birth as August 8, 1994. However, it is difficult to find your way around, and this is not is not the response of the new Marseillais to the press which makes it possible to see things more clearly.

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