Mohammed Tchité

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Mohammed Tchité
Mohammed Tchité 2009.jpg
Tchité after a game with Racing
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-01-31) 31 January 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Bujumbura, Burundi
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Club Brugge
Number 7
Youth career
1996–2001 AS Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Prince Louis
2002–2003 Mukura Victory
2003–2006 Standard Liège 58 (21)
2006–2007 Anderlecht 33 (21)
2007–2010 Racing Santander 88 (24)
2010–2012 Standard Liège 52 (23)
2012– Club Brugge 25 (5)
National team
2001 Burundi U20
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 February 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mohammed 'Meme' Tchité (born 31 January 1984) is a footballer who plays for Club Brugge K.V. in the Belgian Pro League, as a striker.

He spent most of his professional career in Belgium, with Standard Liége, Anderlecht and Club Brugge, and in Spain with Racing de Santander.

Club career[edit]

Tchité was born and brought up in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, but his parents hailed from neighbouring Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He started his footballing career with hometown club AS Rangers FC – later named Dragon Super Rangers FC Nyakabiga. He joined Prince Louis FC in 2001, winning the Burundi Premier League and the Revelation Footballer of the Year award, and also being the finalist in the Kagame Inter-Club Cup; in 2002 he left for Mukura Victory Sports FC in Rwanda, where he would be noticed by scouts from Belgium's Standard de Liège.

In 2003 Tchité arrived in Liège, where he became a regular member of the first team, scoring 21 goals in 58 matches during his three years with the club. In 2005–06 season, he netted 16 times in the Belgian First Division to help his team finish as runners-up to R.S.C. Anderlecht, and that tally put him second in the goalscoring list behind only Tosin Dosunmu of K.F.C. Germinal Beerschot; at the end of the following campaign he was named Belgium's Professional Footballer of the Year,[1] also being the recipient of the Belgian Ebony Shoe.

On 31 August 2007, the last day of the summer transfer period, Racing de Santander announced the signing of Tchité in order to replace Valencia CF-bound Nikola Žigić.[2] In the 11 November match against Deportivo de La Coruña, he scored the only goal in a 1–0 road win,[3] repeating the feat on 24 February 2008, against UD Almería (home fixture);[4] he netted four times in his first twenty La Liga matches, finishing the season at seven, squad best.

On 1 November 2008, Tchité scored a hat-trick against Valencia at the Mestalla Stadium, in a 4–2 win that signified the Che side's first defeat in 2008–09.[5] He appeared significantly less in his second year, but managed to score the same number of goals, adding one in the UEFA Cup, the 1–1 home draw against FC Schalke 04.

In the 2009–10 season Tchité struggled initially, even though he started most of the games. However, in two consecutive matches in April 2010, he netted braces for Racing at home against RCD Espanyol (3–1)[6] and at Xerez CD (2–2) –[7]three penalties; on 16 May he added two in the club's 2–0 home win over Sporting de Gijón,[8] taking his league tally to 11 as the Cantabrians certified their permanence in the top flight for a further year.

On the very last hours of the 2010 August transfer window, after being targeted by West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League,[9] Tchité returned to former club Standard Liège, on a three-year contract.[10]

International career[edit]

Despite his African roots, Tchité announced his desire to play for Belgium once he obtained his citizenship having played for Standard Liège for over two years. He officially became a Belgian citizen on 11 July 2008.[11]

National team coach René Vandereycken called up Tchité for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, but FIFA intervened and ruled the player ineligible because he had previously represented Burundi at senior level in the CECAFA Cup in 2000, also having appeared for the nation at under-20 level and having changed international allegiances to Rwanda when he moved to Mukura Victory Sports in 2002, even though he never played for the Rwandan national side,[12] which meant he remained eligible for the latter according to the main governing body's regulations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tchité takes Belgian acclaim; UEFA.com, 21 May 2007
  2. ^ Racing complete spree with Tchité; UEFA.com, 1 September 2007
  3. ^ Deportivo La Coruña 0–1 Racing Santander; ESPN Soccernet, 11 November 2007
  4. ^ Racing Santander 1–0 Almeria; ESPN Soccernet, 24 February 2008
  5. ^ Valencia 2–4 Racing Santander; ESPN Soccernet, 1 November 2008
  6. ^ Racing Santander 3–1 Espanyol; ESPN Soccernet, 14 April 2010
  7. ^ All-square in Xerez; ESPN Soccernet, 18 April 2010
  8. ^ Tchite brace saves Racing; ESPN Soccernet, 16 May 2010
  9. ^ West Brom target Racing Santander striker Mohamed Tchite; Daily Mail, 20 May 2010
  10. ^ Standard Liege complete Mohammed Tchite swoop; Inside Futbol, 1 September 2010
  11. ^ Le diable rouge, Mémé Tchité (The red devil, Mémé Tchité); Burundi Transparence, 2 September 2009 (French)
  12. ^ Meme runs out of options; The New Times, 25 September 2008

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