Christopher Katongo


Christopher Katongo (born 31 August 1982) is a Zambian internationalfootballer who plays professionally for Chinese club Henan Construction F.C., as a striker. He is an African Cup of Nations winner, and was nominated for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2012.[2]

Club career

Born in Mufulira, Katongo played with Butondo West Tigers and Kalulushi Modern Stars before moving to Green Buffaloes in 2001.[3] In 2004, Katongo moved to South African side Jomo Cosmos, before moving to Danish sideBrøndby in January 2007.[4][5] In August 2008, Katongo moved again, this time to German club Arminia Bielefeld.[6] In July 2010, he moved to Greece to play forSkoda Xanthi.[3]

In July 2011, Katongo signed a two-and-half-year contract with Chinese Super League side Henan Construction.[7] He made his Super League debut on 10 July in a 0–0 home draw against Changchun Yatai.[8] His first goal for Henan came, in a 2–1 away defeat, against Dalian Shide on 10 September 2011.[9] Katongo scored two goals in 16 appearances in the 2011 league season.

International career

Katongo made his international debut in 2003,[3] and after scoring a hat-trick against South Africa in September 2007, Katongo was promoted in the Zambian Army from corporal to sergeant.[10]

Katongo has appeared in FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.[11]

Katongo won the Player of the Tournament during the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, in which he was the captain for the winning side, having beaten Côte d’Ivoire 8–7 on penalties after a goalless match, scoring the first of the penalties himself.[12]

ican Footballer of the Year 2012.[2]