Cherno Samba: ‘I love Championship Manager … but there was a time I wanted to sleep and never wake’

The Championship Manager legend on how his career fell apart after a failed move to Liverpool, the day he attempted to take his own life and how he bounced back

Cherno Samba was isolated and scared, gripped by burning sweats and haunted by the sense he had failed. The striker had wonderkid status at 15, when a move from Millwall to Liverpool fell apart in heartbreaking fashion, while his abnormal promise would see him become a cult hero in the virtual world. Mention his name to any fan of Championship Manager and they know.

Samba was being treated badly by the real world. Aged 19 and after his release by Millwall in the summer of 2004, the Gambia-born Londoner found himself at Cadiz in the Spanish second division. He had felt dreadfully low at times during his final years at Millwall but the move to Spain quickly turned into a “living hell”.

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