Star of the last handball Worlds, Gauthier Mvumbi was the guest this Thursday of the Super Moscato Show on RMC. The pivot of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in particular confided his joy at having been able to exchange with Shaquille O’Neal.
If Mikkel Hansen was named best player of the last World Handball Championship won in January by Denmark, the MVP of the tournament remains Gauthier Mvumbi. The pivot of the Democratic Republic of Congo (26 years old) marked the spirits both by his efficiency against goal (13 goals on … 14 shots) and his rather imposing size, with his 1m95 and 137 kilos which earned him to attract the attention of a certain Shaquille O’Neal. The spotlight suddenly turned on this ex-education assistant, who until then had been operating in the most complete anonymity on the side of Dreux (Eure-et-Loir), in Nationale 2, the fourth French division.
Invited this Thursday on the set of the Super Moscato Show, Gauthier Mvumbi returned to these few days that changed his life. “After the game against Argentina (January 15), things go wrong. My phone keeps ringing! I’m not too much on social networks, so it’s my fiancee who warns me that it is is a bit of a mess. She tells me they call me “El Gigante” on Twitter (laughs). I’m staying in my competition. And then there’s the game against Denmark (January 17th). a jail but it continues. They call me “El Gigante” in all directions, and then, boom! Shaquille O’Neal sends me a message on Instagram. I check if it is not a fake, and I see it’s him, with his certified account! “, he said. The former Lakers pivot (2.16m), quadruple NBA champion, wanted to know more about the Franco-Congolese phenomenon, as impressive on the floors as it is jovial outside.
“I can thank him for his support… by looking on Google Trad”
Even in the United States, where the hand is considered a minor sport, the media and Internet users have started to compare Mvumbi to the mythical “Shaq”. “He said to me, ‘What’s going on? I hear that we are talking about you and that we are talking about me. “It’s a crazy thing! I take two days before opening the message. And it’s him! But I am a little No one in English… I still manage to thank him for his support… by looking on Google Translate. And there he gives me his personal number and tells me to call him in Facetime. I call him, it does not answer. He calls me back at 3am, but I was asleep. I call him back a day later, taking my courage in both hands. I see his face, I see that it is really him! Despite my catastrophic English, he manages to understand me “, he confided on RMC, with a broad smile.
Since then, O’Neal and Mvumbi have remained in contact and a meeting could even be organized in the future, depending on the evolution of the health situation. “He wants us to see each other. We are in the process of organizing the fact of being able to go to the United States and he could come to France if he has the possibility,” explained Mvumbi, who is not lacking in requests. . From a sporting point of view, French and foreign clubs have come to inquire: “I am in full reflection, I am open to everything.”
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