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Melvyn Lorenzen: Ugandan tested by English club, scores against Chelsea

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Ugandan International Melvyn Lorenzen was on target as a trialist for League One’s AFC Wimbledon in their friendly match against Chelsea FC at the Cobham training complex on Tuesday afternoon.

The winger, who is a free agent started training with the league one side on Monday morning, got a chance to feature in the side’s indoor friendly game against Chelsea FC, and impressed on his first shot, scoring the opening goal of the game.

The 25-year old flicked the ball in the far corner after a wonderful free-kick by midfielder Hartigan before Victor Moses leveled matters for the Blues, a few minutes later.

“I started training with Wimbledon on Monday and it was suggested that I play in the friendly match against Chelsea,” Lorenzen told Goal.com after the game.

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“It was my first game in a long time and I had to be efficient with my energy but I played well, had a good match, was active and I scored the opening goal from a free-kick, flicking it into the far corner. I had a good half and I am really satisfied with what I was able to show.”

Lorenzen was born in London, England to a Ugandan father, Drake Mugisa, and a German mother.

He joined SV Werder Bremen in 2013 from Holstein Kiel. Lorenzen played his first Bundesliga match as part of the starting lineup and scored in a 3–3 draw against Hannover.

On 28 January 2015, Lorenzen sustained an injury to the meniscus of his right knee before undergoing surgery two days later.

He left Germany in 2017 to join Dutch side ADO Den Haag and this saw him play regular first-team football scoring three times and providing three assists in a two-year spell.

At the start of the 2019/20 season, he signed for Ukrainian top-flight side Karpaty Lviv but after four appearances his deal was cut short due to financial difficulties at the club.

The 25-year-old is also a full Uganda international, having made his debut for the Cranes in 2016 being eligible through his Ugandan-born father.


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