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Exclusive ‘Mambo No.5’ Ebbsfleet United shirt set to raise hundreds for charity

PUBLISHED: 10:06 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:25 16 November 2017

Ebbsfleet's Yado Mambo. Photo: Ady Kerry

Ebbsfleet's Yado Mambo. Photo: Ady Kerry

Ady Kerry / Wizard of Light Productions.

Fans on social media sensed a missed opportunity when they noticed defender Yado Mambo wearing the number 18 jersey

Ebbsfleet United are to auction off an exclusive ‘Mambo No.5’ shirt in a bid to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

During Fleet’s recently televised National League clash with Leyton Orient, football fans sensed a missed opportunity when they noticed defender Yado Mambo wearing the number 18 jersey.

Instead, they argued, he should have been wearing number five, as a nod to the popular 1999 hit by German artist Lou Bega.

Now the club appears to have jumped on the social media frenzy as an opportunity to raise valuable cash for Prostate Cancer UK, putting an XL-sized home shirt, with ‘Mambo No.5’ on the back, on eBay.

Bidding starts at £350 after a private submission was made before the online auction was launched.

The club said: “It was something we noted six years ago on Yado’s debut but nonetheless, messages have poured in imploring us to swap our squad numbers around so that Mambo and No.5 can be united in perfect musical harmony.

“And we have caved in. Well, sort of.

“Alas, the No.5 currently belongs to our skipper Dave Winfield and he’s a pretty big chap. Try as we might to wrestle it out of his hands, it would take braver men than us to do that.

“Moreover (though somewhat more mundane), squad numbers have been registered with the league since August and a change mid-season isn’t worth us ploughing through the rule book to look for the relevant clause.”

The winner will receive the shirt as well as a certificate of authenticity with a signed photograph of Mambo holding the shirt.

To place a bid, click here.

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