Tamika Mkandawire

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Tamika Mkandawire
Tamika Mkandawire 2011.jpg
Mkandawire after a match for Millwall in 2011
Personal information
Full name Tamika Paul Mkandawire[1]
Date of birth (1983-05-28) 28 May 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Mzuzu, Malawi
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder, Defender
Club information
Current team
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Number 27
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2004 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
2003 Hereford United (loan) 9 (1)
2004 Hereford United (loan) 5 (0)
2004–2007 Hereford United 112 (12)
2007–2010 Leyton Orient 114 (14)
2010–2013 Millwall 46 (1)
2012–2013 Southend United (loan) 18 (0)
2013–2014 Shrewsbury Town 39 (1)
2014- Tampa Bay Rowdies 1 (0)
National team
2005–2006 England C 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 July 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:35, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

Tamika Paul Mkandawire (born 28 May 1983) is a footballer, currently playing for the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League.

Early life[edit]

Born in Mzuzu, Mkandawire came to England aged three, with his English mother and Malawian father and was brought up in Rugby, Warwickshire. He later attended Harris High School in Rugby from 1995–1999.

Career[edit]

Mkandawire was a trainee at West Brom for five seasons but did not make an appearance for the first team due to the lack of opportunities at the club at the time. Albion released him in 2004 after winning promotion to the Premier League.[2]

Hereford United[edit]

Having had two loan spells with Hereford United in the 2003–04 season, he signed permanently for them for the 2004–05 season. Prior to this he had a trial in the United States with New England Revolution.

He was a first team regular at centre-back in the 2004–05 season making the most appearances of all the central defenders in the squad. He also chipped in with six goals, more than any other defender that season. This consistency continued into the 2005–06 season where he missed only four matches, and scored nine goals. When club captain Tony James was injured, Mkandawire took the captain's armband and led Hereford to the playoff final, scoring in the crucial semi-final against Morecambe. He lifted the trophy after a 3–2 win over Halifax and was subsequently named Player of the Year, for the second season in succession.

For the 2006–07 season he was named as team captain for Hereford's first season back in the Football League. He was a regular in Hereford's defence, scoring twice in the league, and his solid performances had led to speculation over him moving to a bigger club. Despite an improved contract offer in December 2006, which reportedly would have made him the highest earner in the club's history, he decided that his future lay elsewhere.

Leyton Orient[edit]

Mkandawire playing for Millwall.

On 6 June 2007 he signed a three-year deal with Leyton Orient, who had previously seen a £60,000 bid rejected.[3] Dubbed one of the best young centre backs in the Football League, he made his Orient debut in a 2–1 win at Southend United on 11 August 2007.[4] Three weeks later, on 1 September, Mkandawire scored his first goal for the club – and Orient's 5000th in league football – in a 2–2 draw with Northampton Town.[5] His performance in Orient's 1–0 home win over Bournemouth on 8 September 2007 earned him a place in the League One Team of the Week.[6]

Millwall[edit]

On 16 June 2010 Millwall F.C. acquired Mkandawire's services until 30 June 2012 on a free transfer.[7] He has adapted to playing a new defensive holding midfield role for Millwall, switching from his usual central defence position. He scored his first goal for The Lions on 10 December 2010, in a 1–1 draw against Swansea City. Mkandawire was named Millwall's Player of the Year for 2011, garnering 44% of the vote and playing for the majority of the year in a new defensive midfield/centre back role.[8]

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

Mkandawire joined Shrewsbury Town in League One on a free transfer on 1 July 2013 following his release from Millwall.[9] He was named Club Captain by manager Graham Turner,[10] and made his Shrewsbury debut against MK Dons on 3 August 2013.[11] Following Shrewsbury's relegation, Mkandawire was released on 2 June 2014, having come to an agreement with the club to end his contract early.[12][13]

Tampa Bay Rowdies[edit]

The North American Soccer League's Tampa Bay Rowdies signed Mkandawire on 4 July 2014, along with Argentine striker Luciano Olguín. General manager Perry Van der Beck hopes Mkandawire will add poise and experience to the Rowdies' back line.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Last updated 27 April 2014.[15]

Club Season League League FA Cup League Cup Other 1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Bromwich Albion 2002/03 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003/04 Division One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hereford United 2003/04 (loan) Conference National 14 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 17 1
2004/05 Conference National 36 4 2 1 0 0 4 0 42 5
2005/06 Conference National 42 6 3 0 0 0 4 2 49 8
2006/07 League Two 39 2 4 0 2 0 1 0 46 2
Total 131 13 10 1 2 0 11 2 154 16
Leyton Orient 2007/08 League One 35 3 2 0 2 0 1 0 40 3
2008/09 League One 36 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 39 5
2009/10 League One 43 7 1 0 2 0 1 0 47 7
Total 114 15 5 0 5 0 2 0 126 15
Millwall 2010/11 Championship 35 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 38 1
2011/12 Championship 13 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 15 1
2012/13 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 48 1 1 0 4 1 0 0 53 2
Southend United 2012/13 (loan) League Two 18 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 20 1
Total 18 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 20 1
Shrewsbury Town 2013/14 League One 39 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 42 1
Total 39 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 42 1
Career total 350 30 17 1 12 1 16 3 395 35

^Note 1 "Other" column denotes performances in Football League Trophy

International career[edit]

He holds a United Kingdom citizenship and has played for the English semi-professional team. Malawi does not allow dual citizenship therefore Tamika is currently ineligible to play for Malawi at full international level.

Personal life[edit]

Mkandawire is an active fundraiser for charity work in Malawi and in January 2009, he became Ambassador for Sue Ryder international. In March 2012, Tamika won the 'PFA Player in the Community' award at the Football League Awards.

Honours[edit]

with Southend United

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 290. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Albion release eight players". West Bromwich F.C. Retrieved 9 October 2007. 
  3. ^ "O's swoop for Bulls' Mkandawire". BBC Sport. 6 June 2007. Retrieved 9 October 2007. 
  4. ^ "Southend vs Leyton Orient". Leyton Orient F.C. 11 August 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2007. 
  5. ^ "Leyton Orient vs Northampton". Leyton Orient F.C. 1 September 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2007. 
  6. ^ "Coca-Cola League 1 Team of the Week (10/09/2007)" (PNG -). The Football League. 10 September 2007. Retrieved 9 October 2007. 
  7. ^ "Lions land defender". Millwall F.C. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "Tam's the tops!". Millwall F.C. 28 April 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Tamika Mkandawire: Shrewsbury Town sign experienced defender". BBC Sport. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Tam Named Captain". Shrewsweb. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Football Fixtures & Results 3 August 2013". Soccerbase. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Tamika Mkandawire Departs Shrewsbury Town". Shrewsweb. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Shrewsbury Town: Tamika Mkandawire and Dave Winfield leave". BBC Sport. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Rowdies Add Dynamic International Duo". Tampa Bay Rowdies. 4 Jul7 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Tamika Mkandawire Football Stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 

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