Pompey midfielder: Linvoy's helped with family heartache

Amine Linganzi has revealed Linvoy Primus is helping overcome his family heartache.

Tuesday, 11th October 2016, 6:01 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 7:14 pm
Amine Linganzi. Picture: Joe Pepler

The midfielder has left his wife and three-year-old son in France to pursue his ambition of a long-term Pompey deal.

The former triallist continues to be employed on a month-by-month contract at Fratton Park as he strives to impress Paul Cook.

Linganzi’s encouraging progress earned a first league start for the Blues in Saturday’s trip to Leyton Orient.

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Amine Linganzi. Picture: Joe Pepler

Replacing Danny Rose, he produced a powerful and hard-working display in the 1-0 victory.

It’s another crucial step achieved for the Congo international, whose Christian faith has seen him befriend Primus.

And Linganzi’s end game is a south-coast reunion with his family.

He said: ‘I came here to win the title, I really want to feel that emotion and, thanks to God, I am in the right place.

Amine Linganzi. Picture: Joe Pepler

‘My wife and son are in France, it is not easy. I have to keep my head up and hope I can get a contract so my family can come over.

‘I am trying to get my longest contract, this is why I need to be focused on my football and not what is happening around me.

‘But I am enjoying staying in Portsmouth.

‘I am a Christian boy and there is a big, big Christian community in Portsmouth and that is why I am happy.

‘There is kind of a family here in Portsmouth. Linvoy is a great guy, I really like him, I spend time with him and Mick Mellows.

‘I have been here three months and know a lot of people in Portsmouth, they are looking after me.

‘It’s not easy without my family but that’s football, sometimes in life you have to make sacrifices – and that is what I am doing.’

Linganzi was previously in England with Blackburn, Preston, Accrington and Gillingham.

However, that time on these shores was blighted by a succession of injuries as a promising career stuttered.

The 26-year-old convinced the Blues he was over such issues during a summer trial, earning an initial one-month deal along with Liam O’Brien.

He is currently living in the Port Solent club house with several team-mates as he attempts to prolong his south-coast stay.

And Linganzi is hopeful there can be a future with the Blues.

He added: ‘Making my debut on Saturday was a positive, I cannot complain about anything, I am playing football.

‘The club believe in me and I just need to show on the pitch what I can do.

‘This is such a massive club and I am especially happy to be in Portsmouth, it’s a great city.

‘I don’t live too far from the training ground, the club have been nice with me about accommodation.

‘I’m happy to be here and hope I play more games.’