Francis Awaritefe

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Francis Awaritefe
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Personal information
Full name Francis Edgar Awaritefe
Date of birth (1964-04-18) 18 April 1964 (age 54)
Place of birth London, England
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1986 Tooting & Mitcham United 37 (12)
1986–1988 Sutton United 65 (24)
1988Barnet (loan) 5 (1)
1989–1992 Melbourne Knights 98 (43)
1992 North Geelong Warriors 10 (10)
1992–1995 South Melbourne 73 (34)
1995–2000 Marconi Stallions 120 (39)
2000–2001 Sydney United 22 (7)
2001–2008 Rockdale City Suns 12 (3)
National team
1993–1996 Australia 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 August 2011

Francis Edgar Awaritefe (born 18 April 1964 in London, England) is an Australian former football (soccer) player, and was Director of Football at Melbourne Victory.


Awaritefe was raised in England and Nigeria, living in his parents' homeland between the ages of 4 and 12 before returning to England. Awaritefe was capped three times for Australia. He was the leading scorer in the 1992/93 season of the National Soccer League.

He was a football commentator with the SBS network in Australia, until 2011, when he joined Melbourne Victory as Director of Football.

On 21 June 2011, Awaritefe was signed by Melbourne Victory as their new Director of Football on a two-year deal, replacing Gary Cole, with Mehmet Durakovic signed as the club's new manager on the same day.[1][2]

However, after a brief five-month stint in his job as the Director of Football with Melbourne Victory, Awaritefe was axed by Melbourne Victory, after a run of poor results.[3]

Appeared on the Australian television program Nerds FC.


  1. ^ Durakovic gets Victory job
  2. ^ Courier Mail
  3. ^ "Awaritefe Axed By Melbourne Victory". (Australian Four Four Two). Archived from the original on 24 November 2011. Retrieved 22 Nov 2011.

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