African footballers. Melingo Kevin Mbabu is a professional football player from Switzerland who plays as a right-back for Bundesliga club Augsburg, on loan from Premier League club Fulham, and the Switzerland national team. Here’s what we know about this young African star:
Mbabu was born in 19 April 1995 in Chêne-Bougeries, Switzerland. He started his career at Servette and progressed through the youth team.
Kevin Mbabu is born to a Congolese mother and a French father.
His mother however revealed that he never met his biological father and when she remarried, his Austrian step–father raised him and played a role of introducing him to football.
As he was introduced to football, he played in the forward position before switching to the defender position.
He has two sisters (one of which is his step–sister) and one brother.
Due to his mixed descent, Mbabu is eligible to play for Switzerland, DR Congo and France. He was a youth international for Switzerland, from the under–16 to under–21 side.
Alongside his native French, Mbabu reportedly speaks English and German (though he acknowledged the difficulty of the language)
At the start of the 2012–13 season, he was promoted to the first team and appeared in number of matches for the side.
He made his professional debut as a 66th-minute substitute for Servette in a Swiss Super League match against Lausanne-Sport on 26 September 2012, which turned out to be his only appearance for the club.
In May 2018, Mbabu was named in the Switzerland’s preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. However, he was cut from the squad after Switzerland’s preliminary squad was cut to 26.
He made his debut on 8 September 2018, in the starting line-up against the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League match against Iceland. In May 2019, he played in 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals, where his team finished 4th.
On 25 April 2019, Mbabu signed a four-year contract with VfL Wolfsburg, with the player joining the club in July ahead of the 2019–20 season. Mbabu opted to wear the No.19 shirt for Wolfsburg in honour of Junior Malanda who died following a car accident in northern Germany on 10 January 2015.
On 27 July 2022, Mbabu joined newly promoted Premier League club Fulham for a reported fee of €5.5 million with and additional €2 million in add-ons, on a three-year deal, with the option to extend for a further twelve months. “Kevin is a player whom we’ve pursued for several years. He brings great physical tools to our Club in addition to his vast experience,” said club owner Tony Khan.
On 13 February, Mbabu returned to his youth club Servette FC on loan for the remainder of the 2022–23 season.
On 1 September 2023, Mbabu joined Bundesliga club Augsburg on a season-long loan.
It is unknown if he is dating or has a girlfriend.
Salary Worth and Net Worth
Kevin Mbabu’s years salary is £2,964,000 and he earns £57,000 per week.
And his net worth is around £6,812,000.
Position – defender
Number – 19
Foot – right
Agent – relatives
Current team – Vfl Wolfsburg
Height – 1.84m (6 ft 0 in)
Tattoos – several