Rashid Mahazi

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Rashid Mahazi
Personal information
Full name Rashid Mahazi
Date of birth (1992-04-20) 20 April 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Central midfielder / defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Melbourne Victory
Number 16
Youth career
2008–2010 Dandenong Thunder
2010–2012 Independiente
2013 Northcote City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Northcote City 15 (0)
2013– Melbourne Victory 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2013

Rashid Mahazi is an Australian football (soccer) player of Kenyan descent who plays as a central midfielder for Melbourne Victory in the A-League.

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Mahazi is a central midfielder who tends to be more defensive than attacking that can also play right back as he is a right footed player. After progressing through Box Hill United, Northcote City, Independiente & Dandenong Thunder youth systems, Mahazi first received publicity from his home town of Melbourne after local Herald Sun journalist Matt Windley wrote an article on news.com about Australian footballers playing overseas on 7 January 2013.[1] He made 15 appearances for Northcote at senior level.

Melbourne Victory[edit]

2013-14[edit]

Mahazi signed his first professional senior contract with home town giants Melbourne Victory on 4 October 2013 on a two year contract,[2] being the fifth signing, following Pablo Contreras, James Troisi, Kosta Barbarouses & Mitch Nichols.[3] Mahazi made his debut at professional level on 12 October 2013 against local rivals Melbourne Heart in a 0-0 draw. He started in the right central midfield role and was given a yellow card at the 41st minute of the match following a challenge, logging 79 minutes before being substituted for injury returning Guilherme Finkler. Mahazi would have to wait four rounds until he could make his second appearance in round six, whilst being on the bench three of those four times. His first away appearance for Melbourne and second start, turned out to be Mahazi's first full ninety minute appearance against the Western Sydney Wanderers in a 0-1 loss at Pirtek Stadium, on 16 November 2013. His performance awarded him a first full appearance in front of his home supporters on 23 November, in a 3-0 win over Adelaide United at Etihad Stadium. Mahazi was to make another eleven A-League appearances for Melbourne, bringing the season total to fourteen, logging a total of 1,046 minutes and twelve starts.

Mahazi was selected by coach Kevin Muscat to be part of the victory's thirty man squad. He was on the bench for play off match against Muangthong United, but featured in all six group stage games, making his asian and continental debut against Guangzhou Evergrande coming on as a substitute in the 67th minute with the game finishing in a 2-4 loss. He logged a total of 384 minutes, and started in four of these six games, with three being full ninety minute appearances.

Along with making his A-League and ACL debut, Mahazi also made his home and away debuts to national finals football, for Melbourne Victory. Mahazi played in both of the Victory's elimination and semi-final games, coming on as a substitute in both, logging a total of 34 minutes in finals football.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 10 June 2014

Club Season League Finals Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Melbourne Victory 2013–14 14 0 0 2 0 0 - - - 6 0 0 22 0 0
Melbourne Victory total 14 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 22 0 0
Australia total 14 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 22 0 0
Career total 14 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 22 0 0

Personal life[edit]

Mahazi was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia to an Australian mother and Kenyan father.

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