Dino Ndlovu

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Dino Ndlovu
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Personal information
Date of birth (1990-02-15) 15 February 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Klerksdorp, South Africa
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Hangzhou Greentown
Number 9
Youth career
Dona Young Stars
Motherwell FC (South Africa)
OI Celtic
Digagabi FC
Platinum Stars
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Mamelodi Sundowns 0 (0)
2010–2011Bloemfontein Celtic (loan) 9 (0)
2011–2012 Bnei Yehuda 33 (8)
2012–2015 Maccabi Haifa 36 (15)
2014–2015SuperSport United (loan) 25 (3)
2015Mpumalanga Black Aces (loan) 8 (1)
2015–2016 Anorthosis Famagusta 31 (17)
2016–2017 Qarabağ 36 (15)
2018– Hangzhou Greentown 11 (9)
National team
2009 South Africa under-23 2 (3)
2012– South Africa 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 October 2017

Dino Ndlovu (born 15 February 1990) is a South African professional footballer who plays as a striker for Hangzhou Greentown in the China League One and for the South Africa national football team.

Early life and career[edit]

Ndlovu hails from Jouberton near Klerksdorp.[1] During his formative years, Ndlovu began playing football on the streets and when he was sixteen, he was afforded the opportunity to join an Academy of Excellence. He had to turn down the opportunity, however as it would have left his mother alone at home.[2] He later traveled to Johannesburg where he slept in a train station bathroom for three days in order to attend football trials with Platinum Stars. He was offered a contract by the club and initially impressed in front of goal at youth level.[2] His form dipped soon after, however, as the new source of income began to serve as a distraction and Platinum Stars elected not to renew his contract in 2011. At the time he was the breadwinner for his family, which included his pregnant wife.[2]

Club career[edit]

Bnei Yehuda[edit]

Following his release from Platinum Stars, Ndlovu was advised by his agent to leave South Africa. He trialled with Israeli side Bnei Yehuda who signed after just two days.[2]

Anorthosis Famagusta[edit]

Ndlovu joined Anorthosis Famagusta in the 2015 summer, passed to the crowds warm attention on a friendly Anorthosis preparation games. Accomplished 6 goals in preparation friendly games only friendlies.

Qarabağ[edit]

On 12 August 2016 FK Qarabağ announced they'd signed Ndlovu to a two-year contract.[3] During the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League campaign, Ndlovu scored an away goal against FC Copenhagen which helped Qarabağ qualify for the group stages of the tournament for the first time in the club's history[2]

Honours[edit]

Qarabağ

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 17 November 2017[4]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mamelodi Sundowns 2009–10 Premier Soccer League 0 0 0 0 - - - 0 0
2010–11 0 0 0 0 - - - 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 - - - - - - 0 0
Bloemfontein Celtic (loan) 2010–11 Premier Soccer League 9 0 1 0 10 0
Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv 2011–12 Israeli Premier League 33 8 1 1 0 0 - - 34 9
2012–13 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 1 - 6 2
Total 33 8 1 1 2 1 4 1 - - 40 11
Maccabi Haifa 2012–13 Israeli Premier League 21 9 4 4 1 2 - - 26 15
2013–14 8 1 0 0 0 0 7 1 - 15 2
2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
Total 29 10 4 4 1 2 7 1 - - 41 17
SuperSport United (loan) 2013–14 Premier Soccer League 14 2 1 0 0 0 - - 15 2
2014–15 11 1 0 0 3 0 - - 14 1
Total 25 3 1 0 3 0 - - - - 29 3
Mpumalanga Black Aces (loan) 2014–15 Premier Soccer League 8 1 2 1 10 2
Anorthosis Famagusta 2015–16 Cypriot First Division 32 17 3 1 35 18
Qarabağ 2016–17 Azerbaijan Premier League 23 10 4 4 7 1 34 15
2017–18 11 4 0 0 9 4 20 8
Total 34 14 4 4 - - 15 5 - - 53 21
Career total 170 53 16 11 6 3 26 8 - - 218 73

International[edit]

South Africa
Year Apps Goals
2012 3 0
2013 0 0
2014 1 0
2015 0 0
2016 0 0
2017 1 0
Total 5 0

Statistics accurate as of match played 7 October 2017[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kickoff Magazine May 2013 p.32
  2. ^ a b c d e Kinsella, Nizaar (22 November 2017). "The Journey of Qarabag's Dino Ndlovu: From Sleeping in a Train Station toilet to Playing Chelsea". Goal. Retrieved 22 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "Dino Nidlovu rəsmən". qarabagh.com (in Azerbaijani). FK Qarabağ. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Dino Ndlovu at Soccerway
  5. ^ "Dino Ndlovu". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 

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