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Ebbsfleet United to auction Mambo No.5 shirt due to popular demand

Ladies and gentlemen, this is Mambo No.5...

Well he's Mambo No. 18 actually, but that doesn't quite have the same ring to it, as many football fans noted when watching Ebbsfleet United defender Yado Mambo in his club's televised clash against Leyton Orient on Saturday.

The discrepancy between the 1999 Lou Bega song Mambo No.5 and the number on the Yado's back prompted many to take to social media - and now the club has agreed to auction a one-off Mambo No.5 shirt for charity.

Ebbsfleet United defender Yado Mambo
Ebbsfleet United defender Yado Mambo

The club posted a statement on its website today stating that they had finally "caved in. Well sort of."

"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," said the club.

"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."

Aside from that fact, league rules mean shirts numbers have to be registered at the start of the season, so the new No.5 shirt will be a one-off for now.

Ebbsfleet United are auctioning a one-off Mambo No.5 shirt
Ebbsfleet United are auctioning a one-off Mambo No.5 shirt

The exclusive Mambo No.5 home shirt (size XL) will be auctioned on eBay with a certificate of authenticity and a signed photograph of Yado holding the shirt - and a private submission of £350 has already been made.

Money raised will go to Prostate Cancer UK.

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