Footballer ‘resurrects’


A Congolese footballer who was presumed dead four years ago has been found alive and well in Germany.

Former Schalke youth player Hiannick Kamba, 33, was reported to have been killed in a car crash on a trip to his home country in 2016.

At the time his club, eighth-tier side VfB Huls, paid tribute to the player and mourned his death.


But Bild report he has now been found alive in the city of Gelsenkirchen, near Dortmund, in western Germany.

And Kamba’s ex-wife is now being investigated for fraud, after she is reportedly to have cashed in on a six-figure life insurance payment after her husband’s ‘death’.

Kamba is even set to be a witness in the investigation, claiming he was unaware of his wife’s actions.


It is said he was abandoned in Congo with no documents and filled an application to return to Germany two years ago, where he has since returned to his old job as a chemical technician for an energy company.

Kamba was in Schalke’s youth system with Germany’s number one goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Speaking to German newspaper Bild, prosecutor Anette Milk said: “The accused is accused of fraud, but she denies the fact. The proceedings are still ongoing.

“[Kamba] stated that his companions had left him during the night while on a trip to the interior of the Congo in January 2016 and they took his papers, money and telephone.”

Kamba’s family were deported from Germany in 2005 after originally fleeing Congo 19 years earlier.

Kamba was allowed to remain in Germany due to his status as a youth player at Schalke, and was granted asylum and residency rights.

The right-back spent his entire senior career playing for several clubs across Germany’s lower leagues.—

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