Monday, 18 April 2011
344 N'diwa Lord Kangana
Position : Forward (but normally a centre half )
Played : 2003-04 (on loan from Bolton)
Appearances : 1
Goals : 0
Good Lord, is it really seven years since this guy's legendary appearance ? N'diwa came along with Darren Livesey in a sort of "Loan one get one free" arrangement. Of confusing nationality - he was born in Angola but had dual Swedish and Congolese citizenship - and nomenclature - no one seemed quite sure which was his first name , he came to Bolton from Swedish football through the agency of former Blackburn striker Martin Dahlin in 2003. He had represented Sweden at under-19 level and the normally sane Sam Allardyce reputedly paid £100,000 for him. N'diwa made his League debut on loan at Oldham at the beginning of 2003-04 and his 4 games there remain his most substantial contribution to any British club.
It was quite obvious that Parkin hadn't wanted N'diwa at all but he cynically gave him 5 minutes at home to Mansfield when we were 3-0 up. So solidly built he made Marcus Holness look like Gary Brown, he was stuck up front and lumbered about looking like a complete stranger to football. He stayed on the bench for the rest of his month with us.
Since then NLK has become the Emma Beard of football , doggedly refusing to accept that he hasn't got the talent to achieve his dreams. He was released in the summer of 2004 when he also made two international appearances for Congo. His subsequent travels make rather sad reading. Macclesfield and QPR passed on him after trials then he made one appearance for Stalybridge Celtic in 2005. The following year he went to Slovenia and signed for NK Drava Ptuj but never made it off the bench. He returned to England in 2006 and was rejected by Scarborough and Reading. In August 2006 he got a game at Worthing but was subbed at 0-5 down, his manager commenting - "Ndiwa looked all over the shop and said he felt sick. Not half as sick as I was feeling". He moved to Montrose in November but was released the following month after one appearance. He had a trial with Maastricht in Holland before returning to England with Wealdstone where he managed to last for three games before a trial spell at Stoke. He then had spells at Hednesford, Ferencvaros (you get a mental image of Dahlin sticking random pins in a globe) and Radcliffe , none of whom gave him a game before a relatively succesful spell at AFC Liverpool where he scored 3 goals in 3 games before getting injured. He was last heard of having trials at Lincoln last season.