Kheli Dube

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Kheli Dube
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Personal information
Full name Mkhokheli Dube
Date of birth (1983-08-06) 6 August 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
2000–2002 Zimbabwe Saints
2004–2005 Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders
2006–2007 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Highlanders
2005 Michigan Bucks 16 (10)
2006 Delaware Dynasty 5 (4)
2006–2007 Michigan Bucks 25 (15)
2008–2011 New England Revolution 72 (14)
2012 Chicago Fire 0 (0)
2012 AmaZulu 5 (0)
National team
Zimbabwe U-20
Zimbabwe U-23
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 November 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 April 2009

Mkhokheli "Kheli" Dube (born 6 August 1983 in Bulawayo) is a Zimbabwean footballer.

Career[edit]

Early career and college[edit]

Dube played in the youth system of his hometown team, Zimbabwe Saints, and played professionally for Two years in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League for Highlanders before coming to the United States.

He played college soccer for Lindsey Wilson College during his freshman and sophomore seasons, scoring 36 goals and tallying 13 assists in 50 games. After his sophomore season, he transferred to Coastal Carolina University for his junior and senior seasons, where he scored 16 goals and had 12 assists in 26 games. He missed the first five weeks of his senior season with an injury, but still scored 11 goals. He is a two-time All-Big South performer and was a member of the 2006 Big South All-Tournament Team. He was also the 2007 Big South Conference Player of the Year and a NSCAA All-South Atlantic performer.He was Big South Conference player of the week a record four times in his senior season.

During his college years Dube also played with both Michigan Bucks and Delaware Dynasty of the USL Premier Development League, helping the Bucks reach the PDL championship game both in 2006 (when they also won the title) and 2007.

Professional[edit]

Dube was drafted 8th in the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft by New England Revolution. He made his debut for the Revs on 29 March 2008 as an 81st minute substitute for Kenny Mansally in their opening day victory over Houston Dynamo. While Dube was not initially expected to play a major role with the Revolution, a long-term injury to Taylor Twellman gave him an opportunity to start a number of games. He scored his first MLS goal in his first start on 17 May 2008,[1] and added several more goals in the following months, including the winning goal in the Revs' SuperLiga match against Santos Laguna. Dube was runner-up to Los Angeles Galaxy defender Sean Franklin for 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year.[2] Scored his first career hatrick on 08/23/09 against Real Salt Lake and was voted for his first player of the week award the same week.

At the end of the 2011 season, New England declined his 2012 contract option and Dube entered the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft. He was selected by Chicago Fire in stage two of the draft on 12 December 2011.[3] Dube signed with Chicago on 25 January 2012.[4] After spending a six-month term without making an appearance, on 7 August 2012, he joined South African Premier Soccer League side AmaZulu on a three-year deal.[5]

International[edit]

Dube has represented his country with the under 20 and under 23 national teams, but has yet to make his debut for the full Zimbabwe national football team.

Personal[edit]

Dube received his U.S. green card in 2010.[6]

Honors[edit]

Michigan Bucks
New England Revolution

See also[edit]

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