Former Newcastle United winger Lomana LuaLua signs for 16th club
Lomana LuaLua is showing no signs of retiring.
The former Newcastle United winger turns 39 in December and has now joined his 16th club.
Signed by Sir Bobby Robson from Colchester back in 2000, LuaLua scored nine goals in 67 appearances for Newcastle.
After a couple of years and clubs playing in Cyprus most recently, Lomana LuaLua has now been announced as a signing for Peterborough Sports.
They currently play in the Southern League Premier Central, which is at Step 3 in the National League system.
Nice to see somebody so keen to keep on playing football despite the advancing years.
Lomana LuaLua was a winger with a free spirit who was capable of the outrageous, not unlike a certain current NUFC winger…though we are yet to see his goal celebration.
Back in 2016, the winger explained (see below) how when he grew up in Congo he had a little monkey living in his house, who was the inspiration for his outrageous goal celebrations.
Lomana Lualua is a committed Christian and in July 2016 gave an interview to ‘Cross The Line’ who are ‘Passionate about combining our love for Jesus and our love for sport.’
You went on to join Newcastle United, that must have been a massive moment for your career?
“It was amazing but you know, I was telling the boys in the Colchester youth team that I would get a big move. I said that I’m going to go and play at a higher level, but I had no idea that it was going to happen that quickly. I didn’t want to play youth team football, I was ready for the first team. I used to play with my Dad who was an ex-professional player, so I was used to playing with older guys. I already knew what I wanted from an early age.
“When you put your faith in God, there’s no such thing as luck. The Bible says that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. He was always there for me and I believed in my God given talent.
“In actual fact, I was actually meant to join Tottenham. However, they didn’t offer Colchester as much money as Newcastle United so I ended up there which I don’t regret.
“I was able to play under Sir Bobby Robson who was one of the greatest ever managers. All of a sudden, I was playing with the likes of Rob Lee and Alan Shearer.
“I tell you what, there were times when I would be sitting in the canteen at the club and I was just staring at Alan Shearer because I just couldn’t believe I was there. It was almost surreal.
“Gary Speed was incredible for all the young players, he gave us advice everyday and was a breath of fresh air to all of us.”
Talk us through your world famous back-flip celebration. How did that start?
“Growing up in Congo, you either went to school in the morning or the afternoon. I went in the morning and all of my friends would go in the afternoon which meant I would often be alone.
“We used to have this little monkey in my house and I saw him doing these flips and at that age, I was fearless, so I would copy it! I’d try it on my own or my mums bed and I think I broke many beds in my time!
“Gymnastics in Congo isn’t like it is in England, you don’t have any mats or anything like that. We just have sand, so I tried it there and I just got it. To be fair, it has helped me. It gives me a good leap in the air but more than that, the celebration reflects who I am as a person and who God intended me to be.”
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