Nizar Khalfan

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Nizar Khalfan
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Personal information
Date of birth (1988-06-21) 21 June 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Mtwara, Tanzania
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Young Africans SC
Number 7
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Mtibwa Sugar 57 (16)
2007 Al Tadamon 18 (1)
2008 Tadamon Sour 25 (2)
2008–2009 Moro United 21 (7)
2009–2010 Vancouver Whitecaps 26 (2)
2011 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 22 (1)
2012– Young Africans SC 0 (0)
National team
2006– Tanzania 25 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 November 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).

Nizar Khalfan (born 21 June 1988) is a Tanzanian footballer who currently plays for Young Africans SC in the Tanzanian Premier League.[2]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Khalfan started playing football in his hometown of Mtwara with a youth team called Score FC. As a student Khalfan attended Ligula Primary School and Ocean Secondary School in Mtwara.[3]

Club[edit]

Khalfan began his career with Mtibwa Sugar FC, before joined the Kuwaiti Premier League club Al Tadamon for the 2007–08 season.[4] In January 2008 he left Al Tadamon and signed a contract with the Lebanese club Tadamon Sour.[5]

After playing in the Tanzanian Premier League with Moro United he joined Canadian side Vancouver Whitecaps FC on 22 August 2009;[6] he played nine games for the Caps in their successful 2009 season and signed a contract extension to play with the team in 2010.[7] He scored his first goal for the Whitecaps on 12 June 2010 in a game against the Austin Aztex.[8] On 9 February 2011 signed a new one-year contract for the 2011 Major League Soccer season.[9]

Khalfan was waived by Vancouver on 23 November 2011, and was selected in the MLS Waiver Draft by Philadelphia Union.[10] The Union released him three months later prior to the 2012 season.[11]

International[edit]

Khalfan is an established member of the Tanzania national football team. He played in five of Tanzania's qualifying matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, scoring in the 4–1 victory over Mauritius on 6 September 2008.[12] He also scored the game-winning goal in a 2–1 victory over Burkina Faso at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam on 14 June 2007.[13]

International goals[edit]

Current as of 11 November 2011.[14]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 September 2, 2006 Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania  Burkina Faso 2–1 2–1 2006 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers
2 December 9, 2006 Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania  DR Congo 1–0 2–0 Friendly
3 June 2, 2007 CCM Kirumba Stadium, Mwanza, Tanzania  Senegal 1–2 1–4 2006 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers
4 June 9, 2008 Stade George V, Curepipe, Mauritius  Mauritius 1–2 1–4 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 January 13, 2009 Mandela National Stadium, Kampala, Uganda  Burundi 2–2 3–2 2009 CECAFA Cup

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tanzania League Nyerere Cup League Cup Africa Total
2004–05 Mtibwa Sugar Tanzanian Premier League 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
2005–06 20 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 6
2006–07 20 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 9
Kuwait League Emir Cup League Cup Asia Total
2007–08 Al Tadamon Kuwaiti Premier League 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 1
Lebanon League FA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2007–08 Tadamon Sour Lebanese Premier League 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 2
2008–09 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Tanzania League Nyerere Cup League Cup Africa Total
2008–09 Moro United Tanzanian Premier League 21 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 7
Canada League Voyageurs Cup League Cup North America Total
2009 Vancouver Whitecaps USL First Division 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2010 USSF Division 2 17 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 18 2
2011 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Major League Soccer 22 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 26 1
Total Tanzania 78 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 78 23
Kuwait 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 1
Lebanon 25 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 2
Canada 48 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 53 3
Career total 169 29 5 0 0 0 0 0 174 29

Updated 28 November 2011

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
Tanzania
2006 3 1
2007 7 2
2008 7 1
2009 6 1
2010 4 0
2011 7 0
Total 34 5

Statistics accurate as of match played 28 November 2011

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nizar Khalfan (21 June 1988). "Nizar Khalfan | Philadelphia Union". philadelphiaunion.com. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Our Players". Young Africans SC. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nazir Khalfan Vancouver Whitecaps". Whitecapsfc.com. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Residency Beefs Up Roster, Signing Three; Cut Two". Soccersceneusa.blogspot.com. 29 February 2004. Retrieved 9 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Nizar Khalfan". National Football Teams. Retrieved 9 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Canada awaits Nizar, Nadir – This Day". Whitecapsfc.com. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Hirano, Moose, and Khalfan re-sign". Whitecapsfc.com. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "USSF Division-2 Pro League". Ussf.demosphere.com. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Whitecaps FC sign Khalfan and Koffie". Whitecapsfc.com. 9 February 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "2011". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Union waive midfielder Khalfan". Philadelphia Union. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "FIFA Game Report: Mauritius vs Tanzania". Fifa.com. Retrieved 9 December 2009. 
  13. ^ "Tanzanian XI leave for Bukina Faso for Cup qualifier". English.peopledaily.com.cn. 14 June 2007. Retrieved 9 December 2009. 
  14. ^ "Live sports scores, news and more". goalzz.com. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 

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