Christopher Katongo

Chris Katongo
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-08-31) 31 August 1982
Place of birth Mufulira, Zambia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Green Buffaloes
Number 11
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Butondo West Tigers
1999–2001 Kalulushi Modern Stars
2001–2004 Green Buffaloes 75 (20)
2004–2007 Jomo Cosmos 72 (36)
2007–2008 Brøndby 44 (10)
2008–2010 Arminia Bielefeld 61 (10)
2010–2011 Skoda Xanthi 28 (2)
2011–2013 Henan Construction 71 (21)
2014 Golden Arrows 11 (0)
2014–2015 Bivest Wits 17 (2)
2015– Green Buffaloes
National team
2003– Zambia 93 (22)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 March 2014.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 March 2014

Christopher Katongo (born 31 August 1982) is a Zambian international footballer and plays professionally for Zambia Premier Soccer League club Green Buffaloes F.C. as a striker. He is an Africa Cup of Nations winner and won the BBC's African Footballer of the Year award in 2012,[2][3] winning just over 40% of the public vote.[4] His win is stated to have inspired a number of young players in Zambia.[5]


Club career

Born in Mufulira, Katongo played with Butondo West Tigers and Kalulushi Modern Stars before moving to Green Buffaloes in 2001.[6] Whilst at Buffaloes, Katongo twice scored four times in CAF Confederation Cup games.[2] In 2004, Katongo moved to South African side Jomo Cosmos, before moving to Danish side Brøndby in January 2007.[7][8] In August 2008, Katongo moved again, this time to German club Arminia Bielefeld.[9] In July 2010, he moved to Greece to play for Skoda Xanthi.[6]

In July 2011, Katongo signed a two-and-half-year contract with Chinese Super League side Henan Construction.[10] He made his Super League debut on 10 July in a 0–0 home draw against Changchun Yatai.[11] His first goal for Henan came, in a 2–1 away defeat, against Dalian Shide on 10 September 2011.[12] Katongo scored two goals in 16 appearances in the 2011 league season.

In March 2014, Katongo joined South African side Golden Arrows on a four-month deal, three months after leaving the Chinese club.[13]

International career

Katongo made his international debut for Zambia in 2003,[6] and after scoring a hat-trick against South Africa in September 2007, Katongo was promoted in the Zambian Army from corporal to sergeant.[14]

Katongo has appeared in FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.[15]

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.[16]

He was called up to Zambia's 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.[17]

In October 2014 he was thrown out of a Zambian training camp,[18] and in December 2014 he was left out of Zambia's preliminary squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.[19]

He was in the 2016 preliminary squad for the CHAN.[20]

Personal life

His younger brother Felix is also an international player.


  1. 建业官网 >> 首页 >> 建业球队 >> 一线队员资料 (in Chinese). Henan Jianye F.C. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  2. 1 2 "BBC African Footballer of the Year 2012: Profile - Christopher Katongo". BBC Sport. 22 November 2012.
  3. "Katongo named 2012 BBC African Footballer of the Year". BBC Sport. 17 December 2012.
  4. "KChristopher Katongo thanks fans after winning BBC award". BBC Sport. 18 December 2012.
  6. 1 2 3 Christopher Katongo at
  7. "Chris Katongo" (in Danish). Brøndby IF. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  8. "Katongo joins Denmark's Brondby". BBC Sport. 11 January 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
  9. Gondwe, Kennedy (5 August 2008). "Katongo moves to Bundesliga". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
  10. "Chris Katongo joins Chinese club Henan, Mayuka on target". 12 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  11. 赞比亚队长完成中超首秀 移位边路火力被废一半 [Zambia captain made his Super League debut] (in Chinese). 10 July 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  12. 赞比亚德比各有收获 卡通戈进中超首球詹姆斯取胜 [Zambia derby, Christopher Katongo scored, James Chamanga won] (in Chinese). 11 September 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  13. "Chris Katongo signs for Golden Arrows". ZamFoot. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  14. Gondwe, Kennedy (11 September 2007). "Katongo rewarded for hat-trick". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
  15. Christopher KatongoFIFA competition record
  16. "AFCON Profile: Zambia". Sky Sports. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  17. "Nations Cup 2013: Champions Zambia name final 23". BBC Sport. 9 January 2013.
  18. "Nations Cup 2015: Katongo thrown out of Zambia squad". BBC Sport. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  19. "Nations Cup 2015: Katongo overlooked for Zambia squad". BBC Sport. 24 December 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
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