Dino Ndlovu

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Dino Ndlovu
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Personal information
Date of birth (1990-02-15) 15 February 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Klerksdorp, South Africa
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Zhejiang 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– Zhejiang Greentown 28 (22)
National team
2009 South Africa under-23 2 (3)
2012– South Africa 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 March 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 October 2018

Dino Ndlovu (born 15 February 1990) is a South African professional footballer who plays as a striker for Zhejiang 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]

International career[edit]

He was recalled to the national team in October 2018.[4] On 13 October 2018, he was one of South Africa's goalscorers as the nation recorded its largest ever victory with a 6–0 win over Seychelles in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 3 November 2018[6]
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 13 5 0 0 9 4 20 8
Total 36 15 4 4 - - 15 5 - - 53 21
Zhejiang Greentown 2018 China League One 24 19 0 0 - - - 24 19
Career total 196 73 16 11 6 3 26 8 - - 242 92

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
2018 1 1
Total 6 1

Statistics accurate as of match played 13 October 2018[7]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list South Africa's goal tally first.[7]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 October 2018 FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  Seychelles 5–0 6–0 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

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. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45710615
  5. ^ Molefe, Mazola (13 October 2018). "Bafana Bafana rock Seychelles in record victory". Independent Online. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  6. ^ Dino Ndlovu at Soccerway
  7. ^ a b "Dino Ndlovu". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 13 October 2017.

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