Tendai Mzungu

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Tendai Mzungu
Personal information
Full name Tendai Mzungu
Date of birth (1986-02-28) 28 February 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Melbourne, Victoria
Original team Trinity Aquinas
Height/Weight 182 cm / 84 kg
Position(s) Defender, midfielder
Club information
Current club Fremantle
Number 13
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2006–10
2011–
Perth
Fremantle
72 (37)
77 (47)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.
Career highlights
  • Perth best and fairest 2010

Tendai Mzungu (born 28 February 1986) is an Australian rules footballer currently listed with the Fremantle Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Mzungu represented the Perth Football Club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) before being recruited to Fremantle at the end of the 2010 season, and made his debut for the club the following season.

Career[edit]

Born to a Zimbabwean father and an Australian mother, Mzungu was born in Melbourne, and moved to Perth, Western Australia, at the age of nine.[1] He attended Kent Street Senior High School, and played amateur football for the Trinity Aquinas Football Club.[2] Falling into the Perth Football Club's recruitment zone in the WAFL, Mzungu made his senior debut for the club in 2006.[3] He played 72 games over 5 years, winning the Butcher Medal Perth's best and fairest award in 2010,[4] and polling 20 votes in the 2010 Sandover Medal.[5]

The Fremantle Football Club obtained Mzungu in the trading period before the 2010 AFL Draft, trading their 39th selection to the new Gold Coast club, in return for Mzungu and the 44th selection,[4] after he was pre-listed by the Gold Coast[6] as part of the new club's entry concessions. Fremantle had originally intended to rookie list him, but decided to obtain him via a trade after his good form in the 2010 WAFL season.[5]

Mzungu performed well for Fremantle in the 2011 NAB Cup pre-season games and was tipped to replace the injured Roger Hayden in Fremantle's backline.[7] However, in Fremantle's final pre-season game he damaged his knee medial ligament[8] He returned to football 10 weeks later, to be selected directly to the AFL, rather than for Perth in the WAFL.[9] His debut for Fremantle was in the Round 9 match at AAMI Stadium against Port Adelaide, which Fremantle won by 52 points. He was selected as the substitute player[10] and only played the final quarter, replacing Hayden Ballantyne who suffered from a corked thigh (quadriceps contusion).[11]

Mzungu played for Fremantle in the 2013 AFL Grand Final against Hawthorn, Fremantle's first ever Grand Final in their history. In the second quarter, Tendai Mzungu scored Fremantle's first goal of the game, which was also Fremantle's first ever goal in a Grand Final.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Who is… Tendai Mzungu?
  2. ^ Duffield, Mark (2012). Mzungu gets back to grass rootsThe West Australian online. Published 22 February 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  3. ^ WAFL profile. Waflonline.com.au (1986-02-28). Retrieved on 2011-06-02.
  4. ^ a b Dockers pick up Perth star. Heraldsun.com.au (2010-10-11). Retrieved on 2011-06-02.
  5. ^ a b Rivals for Mzungu headed off at pass. Au.news.yahoo.com (2011-05-21). Retrieved on 2011-06-02.
  6. ^ Houli Richmond deal hits trouble. Theage.com.au (2010-10-11). Retrieved on 2011-06-02.
  7. ^ Pencil in Fremantle's Tendai Mzungu for half-back role. Heraldsun.com.au (2011-02-08). Retrieved on 2011-06-02.
  8. ^ Docker recruit Tendai Mzungu out for 10 weeks. News.com.au (2011-03-15). Retrieved on 2011-06-02.
  9. ^ Mzungu shocked to get Dockers call-up. Au.news.yahoo.com (2011-05-20). Retrieved on 2011-06-02.
  10. ^ Improved Dockers breeze past Port Adelaide. Perthnow.com.au (2011-05-21). Retrieved on 2011-06-02.
  11. ^ Sandilands hurt as Dockers crash Port. Au.news.yahoo.com (2011-05-21). Retrieved on 2011-06-02.

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