Formed at JMG Academy at Lierse, THÉO BOGONDA is 7th top scorer in Belgium D1
Third in the Jupiler League, Genk can count on several talents, including Théo Bongonda. At 25, the Belgian is in an optimal confidence, he ranks 7th among all the players of the Belgian D1. As of December 19, 2020 his record indicates a participation of 1089 minutes of games in 13 games during which he accumulated a yellow card, a red card, he scored 10 goals and 1 assist for a total of 11 points with is 3 points less than the leader Raphael Holzhauser.
Having started at a young age with Sporting Charleroi at the age of 11 and a half, his parents transferred him 2 years later to the JMG Academy in Lierse. He left the Academy at the age of 17 to intern at Manchester City, and then returned to Belgium where he signed with Zulte Waregem.
Then he joined Celta Vigo in Spain’s LIGA, spending three seasons there and playing 80 matches. Following the acquisition of new players, the club are loaning him to Trabzonspor in Turkey. Theo not finding the pleasure of playing there, he decides to return to Belgium and signs with Zulte Waregem in order to acquire more maturity as a player on and off the pitch. and all these experiences have allowed him to assert himself in the field.
In 2019, he was transferred to Genk for a record amount in the history of the JUPITER PRO LEAGUE. It was another step forward in his career. Due to the amount of the transaction, he knew he was going to play and have a lot of responsibility. Unfortunately the first year was quite complicated as he suffered a back injury which lasted 13 weeks and the return to play was a bit complicated. But it all came back over time.
This year he’s having a promising season and he ties that to a few changes he made in his life, a lot of little things like in his diet, his sleep and his busy times. We’re moving forward game after game and we want to try to go as high as possible with the team. Personally, I want to help the team as best I can. I did work on myself, on self-confidence, all of the things that I had worked on in my six years at JMG Academy. So there is no one who can make me doubt myself.
I just turned 25 and I think this is the age you have to pass if you want to play at an even higher level. But to be honest, I’m focused on my season and I want to give my best to Genk.
Having tasted La Liga, if I have to leave England, Spain and Germany are the ones I love the most.
To be continued……..