258. Manzi MBALA
appearances 3+8 (league 1+5)
debut and first goal Aylesbury United, Ryman League Division One 9.9.00
Promoted from the youth team for his debut nearly four months before his eighteenth birthday, and capped a remarkably mature performance with the only goal of the game. Returned to the youth team however, and was soon wanted for two trials - one with Newcastle United, one at Snaresbrook court. Returned to Boro in the autumn of 2002 and made occasional appearances for the first team over the next two seasons, but never recaptured his earlier form. Moved on to Dagenham & Redbridge early in 2004 but later played for Amin Levitt at Aveley and appeared against Boro for Barkingside. Was back with the reserve squad in 2006 and was in the promoted reserve team squad that beat Haringey Borough in the London Senior Cup. Prolific form with the reserves earned him further run-outs later in the season, scoring in a charity friendly against the Great Britain deaf squad.
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