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A Congolese defender signed on an eighteen month deal after being released by Queens Park Rangers in January 2008, Kanyuka made his debut at Luton at the end of the month - giving a impressive performance, and helping the Town to a 1-0 win, despite receiving a blow to the head in the second half that required six stitches. The injury kept Kanyuka out of the side the following week, and he had to wait until the end of February for his next chance - when he was surprisingly selected ahead of Jerel Ifil for a game at Oldham. After another good display, Kanyuka declared that Ifil would now have a battle on his hands to regain his place - until a groin injury picked up in the next game against Leeds put him back on the sidelines. It was a blow for Kanyuka, whose time at Q.P.R. had been littered with injuries - and at first it was feared that he would miss the rest of the season - but he recovered in time to make one more appearance, as a substitute on the final day of the season.
After starting his pre-season early in a bid to avoid niggling injuries throughout the season, Kanyuka missed the start of the 2008/09 campaign with a hamstring strain. Though he did play in 3-1 home defeat to Colchester at the end of August and again in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Aldershot, the hamstring trouble returned, and it was November before he returned again, at the expense of the under-fire Jerel Ifil. Kanyuka experienced mixed fortunes upon his return - though he picked up the Town's man of the match award on his comeback game, he was the best of a bad bunch as Swindon were embarrassingly beaten at non-League Histon in the FA Cup, then in his second game, he gave away a penalty for one goal and a needless corner that resulted in another, as the Town were knocked out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Brighton. After the game, Maurice Malpas was sacked as manager.
Kanyuka remained in the side throughout November, scoring his first goal for the club in a 2-2 draw at Bristol Rovers, he was dropped at the end of the month, when caretaker boss Dave Byrne made a point of naming his defence six days before the game was to take place, offering Ifil another opportunity in the side. It was a month before Kanyuka returned, at the expense of the injured Sean Morrison - as the Town won their Boxing Day clash at Leyton Orient, with new boss Danny Wilson watching in the stands. Kanyuka remained in the side into January, but his casualness again cost him in the middle of the month, when a sloppy pass allowed the Huddersfield attack to bear down on goal, Kanyuka pulled back an onrushing forward, and was sent off for a professional foul.
When he returned two weeks later, manager Wilson made a surprise move, utilising Kanyuka in a defensive midfield position. When the Town drew 0-0 at promotion chasing Oldham, the move was seen as a success, and it was in this position that Kanyuka remained throughout February, as Swindon got similar impressive draws at Leicester and Millwall, and a home win over Scunthorpe. On the final day of the month though, Kanyuka was forced off with a groin injury at Tranmere - an injury that was to keep him out for six weeks. Though he returned for the penultimate game of the season - a crunch clash with Bristol Rovers, he lasted just over ten minutes, when he fell to the ground under an innoculous challenge, and was substituted. When the injury was suspected as knee ligament damage, it was widely expected that this latest injury would spell the end of his Town career, but Wilson opted to hand Kanyuka a month-to-month contract. However, Kanyuka defaulted on his deal, missing the deadline to sign, and not returning for pre-season training for the following season.
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