Zambia Super League side, Power Dynamos last week announced the acquisition of Congolese defensive midfielder Patrick Sadam Ilongo Ngasanya from Forest Rangers.
The 35-year-old joined Abayellow together with his countrymate Tony Kazembe to bring the number of new faces at Arthur Davies Stadium this transfer window to five.
“Power Dynamos Football Club has secured the services of two Congolese internationals, Patrick ilongo Ngasanya and Tony Kazembe to boost the squad in both defense and attack.”
For many Zambian football fans, Patrick Ilongo is just a lanky defensive midfielder who is very technically gifted and put in brilliant shifts for Forest Rangers.
However many fans may not know that he was a member of the Congolese 2006 African Nations Cup team, who progressed to the quarter-finals, where they were eliminated by Egypt, who eventually won the tournament.
TOUR OF EUROPE
Many players from DR Congo who troop to Zambia are basically nonentities back home but for Ngasanya, The story is different as he has played for the national team before and has played for a number of European clubs including English Premier League side Wigan Athletic.
Patrick Ilongo Ngasanya came to prominence back in the early 2000s under the ranks of Motema Pembe before making a move Israeli outfit Hapoel Tel Aviv in July 2004.
After just one year in Isreal, Ngasanya moved to England joining newly-promoted Wigan Athletic who were playing their inaugural season in the Premier League following their promotion from the Championship the season before.
After an unsuccessful spell, he moved to Russia first with Loko Moscow then Spartak Nalchik before moving to the Czech Republic to join Mladá Boleslav and then the United Arab Emirates with Hatta Club 2007 before returning back home to join Motema Pembe in 2010.
He went on to join five-time CAF Champions League winners TP Mazembe in 2011 and was loaned to Don Bosco in 2015 before joining Forest Rangers in 2017.
The lanky midfielder was played for the Leopards between 2004 and 2011. He made his debut on 6th June 2004 against Uganda and put in a full ninety minutes shift in the 2006 World Cup qualification for Africa.
He went on to score his first goal for the DR Congo national team on 6th May 2005 against Uganda as the Leopards humiliated the Cranes 4-0.
Ngasanya was included in the Leopards squad for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations but only played 6 minutes of the Leopards 2-0 win over Togo as he came on to replace Zola Matumona in the 84th minute.
He has played 26 games and scored two goals for the Leopards. He is definitely in the twilight of his career but the experience he has gathered will be invaluable to Abayellow and the fans can boast having a former Wigan Athletic player under their ranks.
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