Zito Luvumbo, the Angolan wonderkid destined for the stars

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He made history in 2018 by being the youngest player in this decade to make a senior team appearance for Angolan giants Primeiro de Agosto.

Zito Luvumbo is a name that many African football fans are not familiar with but having already made his national senior team debut at the age of 17 last year the attacker has already started making waves at international level.

Born in Luanda, the winger started his career with Primeiro de Agosto’s youth structures before making his first team debut in 2018.

After two years with the club, the youngster attracted a lot of interest from clubs all over Europe, but it was Italian Serie A side Cagliari that snapped him up on a 5-year-deal in August 2020.

Before making the move to Italy the 18-year-old went on several trials abroad including Manchester United in 2019.

The teenager was also linked with a move to English Premier League side West Ham United, but due to strict work permit issues none of the transfers to England could go through and Italy was the better option even in terms of his development.

Luvumbo is yet to make his Serie A debut for Cagliari, but national team coach Pedro Goncalves has called him up for the national team camp for two international friendlies against Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique which will be played at a neutral venue in Portugal on the 11th and 13th of October 2020.

He represented Angola at youth level, and he was part of the Angola U-17 team that qualified for both the 2019 U-17 AFCON and FIFA World Cup with Luvumbo the main man upfront.

At the 2019 AFCON in Tanzania, Angola finished 3rd in the tournament and at the World Cup in Brazil, they got knocked out in the last 16 phase of the tournament.

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By Prince Sobayeni

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