Cherno Samba (born 10 November 1985) is a former professional footballer who played as a forward and was a wonderkid on Championship Manager 2001-02 edition.
In Real Life
Joined Millwall after he scored 132 goals in just 32 games for his school as a 13-year-old and regarded as one of England’s hottest prospects.
Playing above his age group he represented England at Under-15 to Under-20 level, often being picked ahead of England’s now record goalscorer Wayne Rooney but never scored a goal at any level.
The wonderkid continued to score for Millwall’s youth team and was linked with Liverpool, Manchester United and Leeds United (who were playing Champions League football at the time) he looked like he had the world at his feet.
Then a £2 million move to Liverpool fell through and he took a six-month break from football.
When he returned to Millwall he struggled for form and later admitted that his passion for football had gone and he was only playing to get paid.
In the end Samba never played for Millwal first team and moved to Spain with Cadiz, a successful loan to Malaga B followed where he scored 11 goals in 18 games before moving back to England with Plymouth.
Unsuccessful spells in Spain, Wales, Finland, Greece and Norway followed before retiring in 2015.
In the end Samba managed just 15 goals in 52 first team games over a 20 year career, he did manage an international goal against Tunisia while playing for Gambia.
Currently working towards his badges to become a manager, gaining experience shadowing the likes of former Anfield reserves boss John McMahon who now works at Liverpool’s foundation.
In the Game
A legend and one of the first wonderkids of the Championship Manager and Football Manager games, namely the 2001-02 edition.
You could buy him for next to nothing from Millwall and immediately put him straight into your first team……. Then the goals would come.
He would go on to become one of the best forwards on the game, scoring goals at club and international level.