QPR flop Christopher Samba suffers unwelcome return to former club

Christopher Samba

At QPR a year ago, the much travelled Christopher Samba had a weekend to forget in Russia.

Christopher Samba was last year doing his best to convince that he was not an expensive mistake, after his big money move from Anzhi.

The centre-back became of the the club's highest earners after his January switch, but contributed costly individual errors and was unable to prevent Harry Redknapp's side being relegated to the Championship.

QPR were able to offload Samba back to Anzhi in the summer for £12 million, removing him from their wage bill in what turned out to be a case of convenient timing.

For weeks later Anzhi suffered a crisis of their own after their owner Suleiman Kerimov announced he was slashing costs, and Samba was sold for £8.8 million to Dinamo Moscow in late August.

It's been a positive move for him, with Dinamo fourth in the Russian Premier League, and Anzhi Makhachkala rock bottom in 16th.

Yet as he travelled back to Anzhi at the weekend, he was on the wrong end of an embarrassing defeat.

Samba was booked early on and substituted off at half-time after failing to complete a successful tackle during the opening 45 minutes.

At that point Anzhi were 2-0 up in front of their home fans, and they went onto beat Dinamo Moscow 4-0.

It was only Anzhi's second league win of the season, and they remain five points from safety. Dinamo lost crucial ground, falling five points back from a Champions League qualifying place as a result of the loss.

For Christopher Samba, it was a weekend to forget in every sense.

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