David Manga has become an internet video sensation after scoring a memorable goal for his current employers Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona in Israel.
Once on the books of Paris Saint-Germain as a youngster, David Manga may have found a path back to the big time after his Tony Yeboah-inspired strike for Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona became an online video sensation.
The 25-year-old’s memorable goal came during an otherwise disappointing 2-2 draw with Hapoel Acre on Saturday with Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona staying top of the Ligat Ha’al table, despite dropping two points.
Chesting a loose ball down on the edge of the area, the attacking midfielder took a second touch to tee up the shot on his left foot before unleashing a ferocious volley that stuck the underside of the bar on its way in.
Only Manga’s second league goal of the season, the strike has drawn comparisons with the iconic efforts of Premier League legend and fellow African star Yeboah.
A Central African Republic international, Manga has scored two goals in nine appearances to date for the national side and has made himself something of a cult figure with this latest strike.
Somewhat well-travelled, Manga has previously spent time at 1860 Munich in Germany and Partizan Belgrade in Serbia, catching the eye of Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona during a loan spell with Hapoel Ramat Gan during which he scored 10 goals in 31 games.
Though he’s unlikely to be heading to the Premier League any time soon, more goals of this kind could see that situation change.
In the meantime, Leeds United fans and Premier League aficionados alike will be left to debate how Manga’s goal stacks up alongside those scored by Yeboah.