Here’s what Championship Manager legend Cherno Samba looks like now

The ex-Millwall man makes a surprising comeback.

Cherno Samba in Championship Manager
Cherno Samba The Championship Manager legend. Image Millwall FC/Sports Interactive

Football fans of a certain vintage will have fond memories of Cherno Samba.

The ex-Millwall and Gambia striker may not have set the soccer world alight during his playing career, but the name will instantly ring a bell with those who played football sim Championship Manager throughout the late 90s and early 00s.

In the game Samba was a promising youth player for Millwall who could be snapped up on the cheap. As he grew older his stats would soar, making him a prolific goalscorer and celebrated international.

In real life Samba blasted in 132 goals in 32 games for his school side St Joseph’s Academy, Blackheath. Moves to Liverpool and Manchester United were rumoured but never materialised.

He never quite managed to fulfil his Champ Man promise, but he did turn out for Malaga B, Plymouth Argyle and Wrexham and was capped by England’s youth teams (up until under-20 level) and Gambia in a career spanning a decade.

Despite his cult hero status on the management simulation game, Samba never actually played it, although he did once reveal that his mobile phone provider cut his delivery time from months to next-day after learning who he was.

We haven’t heard much from Samba in a while (his LinkedIn page will get you up to speed), but over the last few days an advert for Football Manager 2017 (a direct descendent of Championship Manager) has been doing the rounds with the man himself making a cameo appearance.

The promo unleashes a bit of half-hearted ‘lad bantz’ before name-dropping Samba and cutting away to a shot of the man himself grinning at the pool table.

It’s a major blast from the past, but one that’ll strike a chord with Championship Manager fans everywhere.

Watch the Cherno Samba Football Manager 2017 advert below:

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